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Ouray vicinity (rock) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 38.0231, -107.672 View Map  Incorrect?
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Yep, it's in Ouray!


All aspects, and all weather conditions abound. Seasonal at some areas, crowded at times. Several different types of rock in the area supply the ADHD climber with some options. Easy to hard climbing with loads of potential.

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Getting There 

MapQuest Ouray to get here, then go see Bill Leo at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main St. (US Hwy 550) for beta. This locale is located between Montrose & Durango.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

191 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',85],['2 Stars',79],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ouray vicinity (rock)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ouray vicinity (rock):
Princess Ella's Magical Adventure   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 270'   Waterfall Wall
Groove Tube   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
The Front Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall : The Wading Pool
Past Tense   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
Dangling Participle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Pleasing the Masses   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Right Winged Red Neck   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Just Another Roadside Attraction   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Camp Bird Mine Rd/Mountain ...
Chia Pet   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Overlook Cliff
El Sueno   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Waterfall Wall
The Deep End   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Pool Wall : The Deep End
Overlooked   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Overlook Cliff
Ze Boom Boom Room   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
Out of Pocket   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
Svengali   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Pool Wall : The Deep End
"A View to a Kill" AKA (One in the Pink)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
Bay of Pigs   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall : Bay of Pigs
99 Problems   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
School's Out!   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Overlook Cliff
Dark Continent   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall : The Backyard
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Featured Route For Ouray vicinity (rock)
Rock Climbing Photo: Lisa Nelson on the second pitch of El Sueno.  Phot...

El Sueno 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : Ouray vicinity (rock) : Waterfall Wall
This is one of my favorite climbs in Ouray and the location is just spectacular. Gear is only needed for the last pitch. Pitch one and two are bolted. Keep in mind that once you rap in, you're committed to climbing out. Keep in mind that the San Juans are subject to Colorado's afternoon storm systems. The first pitch may get wet in the spring from high water flow and mist from the waterfall. This wall gets late morning sun until about 2pm and then goes into the shade. Pitch 1 (10b, 29m): ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Angel Creek, Ouray, CO. Beautiful side trip!
Lower Angel Creek, Ouray, CO. Beautiful side trip!
Rock Climbing Photo: Going down instead of up for a change. Nathan desc...
Going down instead of up for a change. Nathan desc...
Rock Climbing Photo: There's more to Ouray than climbing, check out the...
There's more to Ouray than climbing, check out the...

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By Jason Nelson
From: SLC, UT
Apr 24, 2007
Ouray has over 150 routes (as of 4/2007) on 6 different rock types (limestone, quartzite, welded tuff/volcanic ash, Cutler sandstone, and a metamorphic sandstone). There is a guidebook available at Ouray Mountain Sports ( Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, but some are trad and some are a mix of bolts and gear. The majority of the climbs are in the 5.11 and 5.12 range, but more and more of all types of routes are being established. Generally the routes are technical in nature, but there are a few pumpy ones to be found as well. Rock climbing season is at its best in the summer when it's too hot everywhere else, but it can be possible to climb rock on a warm sunny day midwinter. You just might be post-holing to get the climbs. Fortunately, they are not far from the car. Approaches are usually less than 25 minutes.
By Jim Donini
Sep 12, 2007
Too bad that the only climbs you have listed for the Pool Wall are the ones in the alcove. Except for The Groove and the Boom Boom Room the alcove routes suck compared to the main wall area. There are 80 routes (75 sport) and most of them are excellent. There are also several other venues in the area on three types of rock- metamorphised sandstone, quartzite and limestone. Good climbing with different sun exposures and no crowds. Jason Nelson's guide is available at Ouray Mountain Sports. Enjoy!
By TRtourer
Mar 8, 2009
Yeah, the alcove sucks. Keep on walking to the main walls for the good climbing. Don't know why anyone would want to climb in the bottom of a rockslide zone anyway....
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Jun 24, 2012
Hey, JD and TRtourer... instead of bitching, just add the good routes you know of. We'd all appreciate it.
By S.Mckinna
From: Cañon City, CO
Jul 24, 2012
Is there a guidebook still in print? What's the name of it? I looked for one a month ago with no luck.
By Fleetwood Matt
Jul 25, 2012
Jason just put out a new version of his guidebook (July 2012). Bill has 'em at Ouray Mountain Sports.
By Unassigned User
Jun 9, 2015
Looking for a rock climbing partner while I'm here in Colorado for the summer. I'm in the Montrose area and have a bucket list item to check of climbing the Pool Wall. I go several times a year to ice climb.

If anyone is interested in climbing any day of the week, let me know.

By Jordy King
Oct 13, 2016
Does anyone know if there is a walking trail/shortcut from the amphitheater campground to the Pool Wall Area? Or do you have to go through town?
By doligo
Aug 9, 2017
To answer Jordy's question, you can take the Perimeter Trail straight to the Pool Wall. There's a major elevation loss/gain at Cascade Falls if you take that trail.

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