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Moderate Mecca

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Abbey Road T 
Ace of Hearts T,TR 
Baby Swiss S 
Bad Soup S 
Boodler T 
Born To Bleed 
Carpetbagger T 
Chicken Gumbo for Your Dumbo T 
Chicken Soup for the Soul TR 
Feelin' Groovy S 
Fleet Street T 
Fly From Soup to Nuts TR 
From Soup to Nuts T,TR 
Goose Poop Roof T 
Haj, The T 
Immoral S 
Is It Soup Yet T,S,TR 
Muckraker T 
Mugwump TR 
Not So Moderate T,TR 
Pending Disaster T 
Penny Lane T 
Route to Mecca, The T 
Scalawag T 
Side Effects S 
Singing Love Pen T 
Sir Climbalot T 
Small Claims T 
Soup Nazi TR 
Soupy Sales T,TR 
Stew on This S 
Treacherous Journey T 
Valentine's Day T,TR 
Vera's Roof 
You Who Jim T 
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Moderate Mecca is just that - a mecca of many easy to moderate crack climbs. The climbing has quick access, straight-forward descents, and usually good pro. The face is sunny and warm, so it is well suited for colder days.

Getting There 

Take highway 159 to Calico Basin road. This is the first major road east of the main Red Rocks park. Follow this road to a T intersection, then take a left and park at the picnic area at the end of the road.

Hike south on a path uphill. Then descend a short ways until it is possible to contour around to your right (west). This is the Moderate Mecca. The routes all start from this ledge system, which has cliffs below and above.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Moderate Mecca

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Moderate Mecca:
Abbey Road   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Sir Climbalot   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Valentine's Day   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Haj   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pending Disaster   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Fly From Soup to Nuts   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Soup Nazi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 60'   
Scalawag   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Born To Bleed   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   
Side Effects   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ace of Hearts   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Immoral   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Feelin' Groovy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Baby Swiss   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The guy in photo is on Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Is It Soup Yet 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Moderate Mecca
Right at the VERY beginning is a deceiving move off the deck that looks easy and then is hard to get your feet up high to the holds. After the original boulder move the route is actually VERY good following some small flakes and face holds. Good route!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: Semi-curious onlooker in Moderate Mecca.
Semi-curious onlooker in Moderate Mecca.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brett Hannah somewhere in the Calico Basin. Photo ...
Brett Hannah somewhere in the Calico Basin. Photo ...
Rock Climbing Photo: moderate mecca, 12/08
moderate mecca, 12/08
Rock Climbing Photo: Mecca silhouette
Mecca silhouette
Rock Climbing Photo: Mecca sunset
Mecca sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Calico Basin Area
BETA PHOTO: Map of Calico Basin Area
Rock Climbing Photo: side effects
side effects
Rock Climbing Photo: Valentine's Day. Photo by Gigi.
Valentine's Day. Photo by Gigi.
Rock Climbing Photo: Moderate Mecca "Side Effects" bolder
Moderate Mecca "Side Effects" bolder

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 17, 2004
The name Moderate Mecca implies that it is some sort of destination or attraction, a concept I have substantial disagreement with. Relative to the rest of Red Rocks, the climbs here are short, dirty, broken, unaesthetic, and well, not as good. The area was more or less a waist of time for I and my moderate partner, who had better days everywhere else we went. We climbed a line or two that were touted as "one of the best lines at the crag" and found that to be at best a measured compliment, or perhaps more of a back-handed compliment.So I vote "blah" for this area. If what you seek is sun and a few lines to tick, you can go and have a good day, but it's a crag of local, not regional notability & quality.
By Jon Cannon
Feb 18, 2004
Moderate Mecca is a superb area for beginning to moderate climbers. South-facing, it gets LOTS of sun. The short approach makes this crag easily accessible to even the portliest climber. Driving to the parking area, however, takes one right through the heart of a residential area, so *please* be considerate of the neighbors.

Traveling west down West Charleston, turn right on to Calico Basin Road. Drive 1.2 miles to a T-intersection and turn left into the Red Spring picnic area. Park at the southernmost end of the lot. Walk south up the old road to a ridge. Head downhill about 25 meters and bear right on to the ledge. If you end up below the Easter Island head, you've gone too far (although there is a nice 5.10+ located here).
By Max Schon
Mar 16, 2004
This crag is not worth going to. The climbs are very short and, for the most part, chossy.
By Woody Stark
Apr 17, 2004
My daughter Tia and I finished up three days at RR with a visit to Moderate Mecca. We had half a day before heading back to Riverside. It's quick to get to and has a number of short climbs of varying difficulty. We very much enjoyed ourselves. It's also a good formation for a windy day. There's some loose rock at the base and on the lower ledges but nothing to get agitated about. We plan on going back when we have limited time but still want to get some rockwork in.
By 10b4me
Apr 26, 2004
What a fun little afternoon of climbing. Some classic overhanging hand cracks,faces, and it is worth going to for a quick run up some fun routes. as per the norm some are better quality than others but I think it is always up to the people going. Some great gear leads valentines day, muckraker, scalawag, boodler, pending disaster, are all good and take good pro. a real classis is ace of hearts. take some small stuff like black and blue aliens, three of each should do and brassy's and 4bd and smaller wires. this is a bit of a more serious lead but a classic for the area. have a stong head and remember power by numbers.
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Feb 5, 2006
Here's my take on this area of short, chossy to high quality routes;

  • Great if you have limited time as approach is short
  • South facing; great for cooler months
  • Gorgeous surroundings with great views of the Spring Mountain range
  • Many choices of easy to difficult climbs
  • Good practice for you and your belayers in dealing chossy rock and rock fall.(You yell "ROCK" quite often)
  • Good practice for pulling "heady" cruxes (A lot of climbs in the area have a crux down low)
  • You can have a choice of walk-off or rap off on several of these routes.
  • Nice "picnic" ledges at the base for lying around/hanging out.
By cassondra long
Jul 29, 2009
I am Inclined to agree with GiGi. Additionally, this crag is shady in the late afternoon/early evening in July. When it is 110F in the valley, it is surprisingly pleasant in this location (but heats up like a skillet in the sunny portions of the day.) There is quite often a nice breeze ( though occasionally it gets a bit too breezy; in that case, head over to the other side of Calico Basin, by Cannibal Crag and beyond.) It is also good in winter, as it warms up nicely in the morning, due to its southern exposure.
By Laura Sowalskie
From: NY
Mar 25, 2016
The corner with the 5.6s was a great place to brush up on gear anchors at the top of some super short and easy trad pitches. I also particularly enjoyed Valentine's Day! However, we seem to have left this area one cam short, so if anyone picked up a #2 BD cam with purple and blue tape this week, a six pack could be yours if you help it find it's way back to me!

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