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Piedra River - Lower West

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L to R R to L Alpha
Become the Problem T 
Black  S 
Black Beauty S 
Black Magic Spell T,S 
Cattle Drive S 
Chocolate Corner T 
Deuce S 
Different Strokes S 
Emotionally Involved S 
F***in' Greenies S 
First Wall S 
Full Body Brace T 
Giggin TR 
Golden Seam S 
Graffiti Wall 
Hollow Excuse S 
Hopstacle Course S 
Huggy Bear 
I & Eye S 
Jammers Kant T 
Lightning Crashes S 
Main Traverse 
Main Traverse 2.0 
Mild Hops S 
Nescafe S 
Nick & Todd TR 
Noodle Wall TR 
November Reign S 
Practice Wall S,TR 
Raising Awareness S 
Rave Mode S 
Refuse To Suffer S 
Ruled By Force S 
Silver S 
Smokin' Stems T 
Solo Slab TR 
Southern Cross S 
Tan S 
Taster's Choice S 
Thunder Will S,TR 
Trigger TR 
Unknown 2 T,S 
Up Above It 
Van Gogh's S 
Wild Hops S 
Winning Streak S 
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Piedra River - Lower West Rock Climbing 

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This is an idyllic, creekside setting with AM sun during the summer. It is a small area with a few trad routes, a number of bolted routes, TRs and boulder problems. Know what poison ivy looks like, and beware during the summer- it's all around the trail.


Please do not belay from the trail. This is a multi-use area and horses are a common sight. Please be respectful of others.

New route development should be avoided close to the trail for this reason. There have also been concerns in the past from rangers regarding routes near the trail, so please do your part to keep the concerns a thing of the past.

Getting There 

From the parking lot across the Piedra River, take the Ice Caves Trail down stream taking a left at the fork. As you drop to the river, you will see the first route on your right. There are routes along the cliff and boulder problems and top ropes down by the river.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

47 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Piedra River - Lower West

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Piedra River - Lower West:
Huggy Bear   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 10'   
Silver   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Practice Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Nescafe   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Emotionally Involved   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Different Strokes   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lightning Crashes   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Taster's Choice   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
First Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black    5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
F***in' Greenies   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Mild Hops   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Hopstacle Course   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Van Gogh's   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black Magic Spell   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Smokin' Stems   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Refuse To Suffer   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Southern Cross   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wild Hops   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Raising Awareness   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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By Jaaron Mankins
From: Durango, CO
Sep 9, 2008
Definitely DO NOT belay on the trail!! Horses cruise through here often, and they are not going to stop if you are in the way. Cool spot!!
By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Jun 29, 2011
Thanks for the hard work on the route development! We spent a couple afternoons climbing here and truly enjoyed it. Really fun climbing in a beautiful setting. My favorites were "Wild Hops" and "Smokin' Stems", but I liked pretty much everything I got on.
By Erik Durgin
Jul 4, 2011
Is there more bouldering besides the few problems described here? Anything harder or decent looking projects that would make it worth a drive from Durango??!!
By s.price
From: PS,CO
Jul 21, 2011
Routes are listed from entering the canyon, starting with First Wall. Sorting was done right to left as they are found. Where needed credit is given to those who had the original vision for the route along with first ascentionist.
By kmcgaughey
Sep 4, 2012
Beautiful area!

To clarify some directions, from downtown Pagosa:
- Take US Hwy 160 West
- Turn right on Piedra Road, a.k.a. County Rd. 600. This becomes unpaved after a few miles. (Don't need 4WD.) The name changes to County Road 631.
- Go about 14.5 miles until you cross the Piedra River, and park next to the bridge on the right.
- The trailhead is on the other side of the street.
By b hof
From: Pueblo West, CO
Jul 11, 2014
This area has some stout 5.9s and 10s.
By Cameron McMillan
Jun 22, 2015
Is there any place to get a guide or beta/map for these sites? I am looking to top rope...and feel confident scrambling up to an anchor or building a natural anchor too...thanks!
By s.price
From: PS,CO
Jul 21, 2015
Found two quickdraws on practice Wall. I grabbed them so the booty thieves could not. identify and I will get them to you.
By Shane Martin Smith
From: Pagosa Springs, CO
Aug 19, 2016
On August 17th, 2016, a buddy of mine left his watch at either Practice Wall or Hops Wall. If anyone finds it, please PM me. I know he would appreciate having it back. Thanks everyone. Be safe.

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