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Big Bertha T 
Big Foot T 
Carter Route T 
Circle, Square, and the Triangle T 
Da Nada 
Desert Solitaire T 
Egypt Rock - The Revolution Will Not be Televised T 
Elephant Head T,S,TR 
Euro Route T,S 
Friends Can't Be Trusted S 
Get A Life T 
Higher Mind Dynamics S 
It Ain't Over Til It's Loose T 
Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral T 
Luhr's Route aka Right Dihedral T 
Monolith Spire - Dewar Dihedral T 
Mormon Tea T 
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire T 
Route 2 T 
Route 4 T 
Short Route T 
Unknown Tower - Northwest Face T 
Wide Load aka Route 3 T 
Wingate Warrior S 
Wizard I T 

Monument Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,129'
Location: 39.10162, -108.72271 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Nov 11, 2001

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This is the description for all the one-two pitch routes along the Monument Trail leading to Independence Monument. There are some nice moderate (5.8-9) trad routes here, as well as some more difficult face climbs (sport), and even some multi-pitch hand cracks. They are nice routes to finish up a day after climbing the monument.

Getting There 

First Area: As the Monument Trail leaves the fence and starts following the creek bed up the canyon, many one-pitch lines will come into view on the right side of the canyon. Look for a prominent right-facing dihedral and 40ft to its right, a left-facing dihedral. In between these routes are several bolted climbs. All have fixed rap anchors.

Second Area: Around the first bend, up the hill and past the first area, look again to the right side for some obvious cracks. Here you'll find an attempted aid line with a fixed pin 10ft. off the deck. Another route starts 10ft. left of the aid route, which is finger/offwidth for 80ft.

Third Area: In the last recess of the canyon before you turn the corner and Ind. Mon. comes into view, look for a tall pillar against the back wall of the canyon. A two (maybe three) pitch nice hand crack goes up the left side of the pillar to fixed anchors at each belay.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monument Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monument Canyon:
Luhr's Route aka Right Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Short Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Carter Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Route 4   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Route 2   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Circle, Square, and the Triangle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Wide Load aka Route 3   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Egypt Rock - The Revolution Will Not be Televised   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Da Nada   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C3-     Aid, 4 pitches, 500'   
Wizard I   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Monolith Spire - Dewar Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 260'   
Big Foot   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wingate Warrior   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 170'   
Desert Solitaire   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c C1     Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 350'   
Euro Route   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Higher Mind Dynamics   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Unknown Tower - Northwest Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   
Get A Life   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 460'   
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Route 4 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Monument Canyon
The route ascends parallel cracks, an offset hand/fist splitter and a finger crack in a corner. The climbing is very 3-dimensional and there are several good rests. A great top rope variation ascends the splitter thin hands to small fingers crack through a body length pod left of the main route (5.11)....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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