Mount Morrison Rock Climbing
You never know what you will find on the summit of...
|All the East side routes are closed.|
Mount Morrison is the tall hump of slag just to the west of Red Rocks amphitheatre. It officially is in Red Rocks Park. Back in the 1890s there was a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Morrison, and people would come all the way out from Denver to have a picnic at the top. Although Mt. Morrison isn't a rock climbing destination, it is a fine after work pump for your legs and lungs and has some excellent scrambling. The view from the summit is great, with city-scapes to the east and the splendor of the Front Range spread out before you to the west. Often you will spot the resident herd of deer or the local Golden Eagle as he soars. Mt. Morrison can be climbed all year round. Beware of rattlesnakes in the high summer.
Find your way to Red Rocks Park near Morrison. Head either north from the town of Morrison on the Hogback Rd. or south from Golden on the Heritage Rd. Make your way up to the top parking lot. If there is a concert at the amphitheatre parking can be a problem.
Climbing Season For the Morrison/Evergreen area.
Weather station 6.2 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Morrison
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Funicular Route 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Colorado
: Mount Morrison
The Funicular Route is a straight line shot to the top of Morrison. From the road, it is an obvious gash up the side of the mountain. It is the bed of the old funicular railway. The route heads up a ridge for several hundred feet, crosses a relatively flat area, then heads up the steep, east-facing slope to a rock band. Make your way through the rock band at a gunsight notch, where you will encounter some 3rd class scrambling. More loose stuff gets you to a shoulder and the last steep ramp ...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Joyce and some guys just above the gunsight notch
By Jay Eggleston
Mar 4, 2013
The South Ridge is the only way to legally walk to the summit right now. The other routes were closed off at the beginning of the summer in 2012.