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Real Hidden Valley Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.74304, -105.34679 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: chinos on Apr 3, 2013
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Description 

The Real Hidden Valley is a small crag 150 yards left of the Prestige World Wide Wall. The wall reminded me of climbing in Joshua Tree. The routes are roughly 65-70' tall with great exposure. The crag sits in a small ravine high up on the hillside a receives morning and afternoon sun. The routes are located on the left side of the wall.

Getting There 

Park the same as Nightworm Pinnacle 8.0 miles up the canyon. It is across from the New Economy Cliff. Cross the road and follow a loose trail to the base of the Nightworm Pinnacle. Scramble around the right side of Nightworm and follow the wash to the right uphill past cairns.

Prestige Worldwide Wall will be hidden behind a large cedar tree on the left. The first part of the approach will be about 10 minutes uphill from the road. From PWW, walk left for ~10 minutes west if you basically contour at approximately the same level (passing along the base of some slabs) as the west (left) side of the crag. You can get a glimpse of the top of it pretty shortly after contouring west. Drop down into the ravine to the base of the crag.

Note, the Upper Wall is a bit higher up the hill, probably another 10 minutes and maybe another 400 yards uphill.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.6 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',7],['5.11',0],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Real Hidden Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Real Hidden Valley:
Paper Tiger   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Real Hidden Valley
Odelay   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Real Hidden Valley
Debra   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Real Hidden Valley
Tower Dogs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Wall
Battle of the Bulge   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Wall
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Featured Route For Real Hidden Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Deb steps into the crux crack section.

Tetherly Designs 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Colorado : Golden : ... : Upper Wall
This is a pleasant route up the middle of the crag that suddenly gets tricky at the top.You can start from the left in a wide crack or scamper around from the right past a stack of rocks (cairn?) to the cleft below the 1st bolt. A #3 Camalot-size piece can ease the mind to clip the 1st bolt, although it isn't too tough. Move right onto the face. Angle left to a ledge. Clip the bolt and get small cams in the crack. At the top, the feet get iffy and a high left step is in order. The 2 ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Luke Childers
May 17, 2013
Obviously a Beck fan!!! Great route names. Can't wait to check these lines out. They look cool. Thanks or the efforts.
By chinos
Jun 13, 2013
Check them out, Luke. We were out visiting Jay and Max from NH. We did a bit of exploring and found this wall! Fun 5.10!
By chinos
Jun 13, 2013
I enjoy the great crags off the radar in the CCC!
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Oct 10, 2013
This is a fun area and I don't want to discourage people from visiting it, but the routes seem hard compared to the ratings given to them by the first ascender. We thought several of the routes were harder than they are posted here.
By Geoff U
From: Centennial, CO
Dec 30, 2013
So this crag is nowhere close to 150 yards left of Prestige Wall - at all. We spent ~1 hr exploring the ravines within 300 yards on both ends (east and west) of Prestige Wall looking for this cliff but to no avail! Discouragingly, in retrospect, we think we saw something that looked like this cliff off in the distance possible 1,500 yards upstream (left) of Prestige Wall - but not 150 yards. Am I crazy or did other people go way way past that estimated distance?
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Dec 30, 2013
Maybe you are crazy? It's to the left (west/upstream). I don't remember exactly how far, but 150 yards sounds good. Just walk left and you can't miss it.
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jan 1, 2014
Geoff, you're right, it's more than 150 yards. It's probably 10 minutes west if you basically contour at approximately the same level as the west (left) side of the crag. Maybe it's 500-600 yards? From what I can recall, you can get a glimpse of the top of it pretty shortly after contouring west. Note, the Upper Wall is a bit higher up the hill, probably another 10 minutes and maybe another 400 yards uphill.
By chinos
Feb 17, 2014
Feel free to change my descriptions for the area. I was going off my memory. I recall walking left past a couple small outcrops and then dropping down into a ravine with the cliff clearly visible...
By Austin Piper
From: Evergreen, CO
Oct 24, 2016
We also had a bit of trouble finding the crag and went up two gullies before we found the right trail. The key for us was to find Nightworm Pinnacle first, and then go up from there. Don't start heading uphill from the road until you are looking at Nightworm, and then there is a trail with cairns that will take you to Real Hidden Valley.

Personally, I wasn't thrilled with the actual climbing we found at the wall. I would agree with Jay that a lot of the routes felt harder than their given grade, particularly compared to other routes of the same grades in Clear Creek. The climbing was also slabbier/lower-angled than a lot of what I'm used to in Clear Creek. The seclusion and the views are fantastic - if that is what you are looking for and don't mind somewhat crumbly, lichen-covered rocked, this place might be worth a visit, but if you are not into that, I would suggest considering other crags in Clear Creek. Beautiful spot, but not somewhere to go simply for the quality of the climbing (or lack-there-of).
By two chains
From: Denver
Apr 21, 2017
Do not walk above the road. You will knock down a rock and kill somebody. Go up a wash, and enter form its west side not the east side! PEOPLE, plug the GPS coords into your phone, and walk to it!

Best God damn slab the canyon! The Vedauwoo in CCC?! Bring a trad rack. Probably some FA potential on Voo-like granite, unless Kor got 'em all back in the day. All routes on the main crag got a billion stars in my book!

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