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Sawblade Ridge Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,249'
Location: 39.26197, -105.0956 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Sawblade Ridge is one of the more recently developed areas at Devil’s Head. It boasts multiple small crags with a total of at least 50 quality bolted routes in a beautiful and secluded setting.

Getting There 

Access is via the main Fire Tower Lookout Trail. Follow the trail past the first major switchback (over the bridge), and continue for another quarter mile. Look for a minor trail breaking off left at a switchback where the main trail takes a turn to the south. It is fairly obvious if you’re paying attention. This is approximately 0.4 miles from the parking lot.

The climber's trail continues east with some minor ups and downs but never gains or loses much elevation. It’s fairly easy to follow and is marked with numerous cairns. After half a mile or so, you’ll come to a cairned trail junction. This junction is also obvious if you’re looking for it. The left fork leads to Morning Glory Wall. The right fork leads to Passageway Wall and Switchblade.

Climbing Season

For the Devil's Head area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=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 Sawblade Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sawblade Ridge:
Passin' Right on Through    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Passageway Wall
Rite of Passage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Passageway Wall
Unnamed 5.10d   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Passageway Wall
Fintastic   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Switchblade
Cutting Out   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Switchblade
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Featured Route For Sawblade Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Yellow line: Under the Knife, 5.11b.
 Blue line: S...

Under The Knife 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Switchblade
This is the rightmost bolt line on the south-facing buttress. Start with easy slab moves to the first bolt, then follow the right arête of the buttress all the way to the top. It has varied and interesting moves throughout: cracks, underclings, laybacks, overhangs, and thin slabs. The crux seems to be getting over the final bulge before the anchors, on sharp crystals with terrible feet. A rest before the final bulge makes it a good candidate for an onsight....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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