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Rincon Rock Climbing 

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    Rincon is a small but amazing crag with probably the highest density of quality routes in all of Eldorado Canyon State Park. Rincon, for those unfamiliar with Spanish, means corner. Indeed, soaring corners abound here along with impeccable face climbs sprinkled with the occasional roof or crack system. While nearly all the climbs here are in the moderate range, certainly the 5.10s-5.11s are better represented. Spice flavors significant sections of rock here. This is not the cinnamon and nutmeg variety but of the "can't just take a whipper anywhere" flavor. Perhaps, it is even the birthplace for the Colorado headpointing subsociety. There is little for the low or high end climber here, but there is much to feed the soul of a large percentage of climbers. The views are soothing and extend to the continental divide. It's worth the walk.

    For some of the routes, the first pitch may be climbed and rapped off, but you will miss much if you only do the first pitch (e.g.Rincon and Aerospace are 4-pitch climbs). Although there are a few bolted lines, you will likely need your rack and protection skills to succeed here.

    Often on a nice weekend, for good reason, this wall along with the West Ridge can be very popular with climbers. Its southern exposure makes it particularly pleasant during cooler months although early days in summer months can be delightful as well. Early in the day, this crag does offer shade.

    The list of first ascentionists at this crag are amazing. They include: Kor, Ament, Dalke, Hurley, Culp, Olevsky, Erickson, Duncan, Ferguson, Candelaria, R. Briggs, B. Briggs, D. Hunter, Piana, Webster, Coyne, Hare, Rossiter, Archer, Sharp, Hersey, Achey, P. Adams, Goddard, B. Miller, S. Levin, among others.

    Particular images from this crag lie resilient in the memories of those who aspire to climb smoothly here. They include Skip Guerin barefoot climbing Wendego in Glenn Randall's Vertigo Games and images of Derek Hersey so smooth physically and mentally on Center Route. As Steve Levin notes, there is excellent footage of the late Cameron Tague working Evictor in P. Mortimer's Scary Faces

    There are so many fine routes here! Some of the best include: Over and Out, 5.8; Emerald City, 5.9; Over the Hill, 5.10b; Aerial Book, 5.11a; Aerospace, 5.11b s; Rincon, 5.11a/b; Center Route, 5.11a/b; Climb of the Century, 5.11c s; Wendego, 5.12a/b s; Camoflauge, 5.12c; & Evictor, 5.12c/d s.

    Descents include some rappels or downclimbing gullies left or right of the crag.

    Note, in particular for the Over the Hill area, there are lots of loose rock sitting on ledges. Do not sit here without being aware of what is above you. Also, note there is some poison ivy here, especially below Rincon. This is not a dog or kid-friendly area.

    Note, if anyone has particularly good base digital photos for rendering a topo for this page, please let me know.

    Getting There 

    The quickest way is to take the Rincon Cutoff Trail, which branches off of the Eldo Trail at the far end of the canyon. This trail cuts across a talus field near the base of the wall and deposits you around the Center Route. The wall may also be reached from the West Ridge--just continue hiking up the trail.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 0.3 miles from here

    55 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Rincon

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rincon:
    Over and Out   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Emerald City   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Five-Ten Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Faulty Logic   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Over the Hill   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Concentric   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Bat's Ass Dihedral   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Point Break   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, Grade II   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Aerial Book   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, TR, 2 pitches   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Rincon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Center Route   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Climb Of The Century   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Aerospace   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Spicoli   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Raccoon Soup aka Thunderbolts   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   Rincon - Center Route & R
    Wendego   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Camouflage   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Rincon - Center Route & R
    The Evictor   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   Rincon - L of Center Route
    Fraid Line   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rincon - L of Center Route
    The Final Eviction (aka Freeline)   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rincon - L of Center Route
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Ben getting into the first crux on the way to a so...

    Spicoli 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Rincon - Center Route & R
    Spicoli is located between Another Pipeline Bonecrusher and Tsunami on the extreme right (east) side of Rincon. The route ascends a direct line up the blank looking orange-brown wall, through the right margin of the obvious roof. There are three cruxes including two ways to get to one of the bolts(one being harder). In all, the line is a combination of 3 star moves, but relying on at least a couple of questionable flake-like holds that if yarded off may "at worse" only change the gr...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of Rincon Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Caught in the last rays of the day.
    Caught in the last rays of the day.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Horan on Wendego, Rincon Wall.
    Bob Horan on Wendego, Rincon Wall.
    Rock Climbing Photo: View of Rincon and Cadillac crag from the hike up.
    View of Rincon and Cadillac crag from the hike up.
    Rock Climbing Photo: BH on FA of Rincon Overhang Block.
    BH on FA of Rincon Overhang Block.

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