South Ridge Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The South Ridge from the Bear canyon trail, just b...
The South Ridge of Dinosaur Mountain is the Westward-most distinct rock formation in on the South side of Dinosaur Mountain. The base area tends to soft an gravely with loads of poison ivy, but at least is free of landslides, thorns, bush-whacking, or tough boulderfields. Wear long pants and shoes, and you will be fine.
The routes here are less traveled than in many areas, but at least a few of them merit stars. The area is sunny from noon onward, as it faces W/SW and the rock is pretty clean. The old-school edging sport routes, Liquid Crystal
have good merit, if you like vertical edging and pebble pimping, and the trad routes there including 'Old School
' and 'Just Another Pitch' feature challenging and good movement, though the rock is not always perfect.
This crag, though distant from the trail head, lies literally only meters off the trail, making it fairly accessible with little bushwhacking or navigational challenges, provided you use the Bear Canyon Trail proper, as opposed to coming up the actual drainage (which appears to be an HCA anyway). Go up The Bear Canyon Trail until you reach the final ridge of rock to your North. This ridge is perhaps 10 meters from the main trail at its base and is right before the large post with the HCA signage... the HCA applies to the drainage and to the areas South and West of there, but according to maps, not to the South Ridge. Step off of the trail, hop the creek-bedm and you are at the base. Routes start about 50 meters up the hill from there. This is about a 40 minute hike, in all.
Climbing Season For the Central area.
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For South Ridge
Just Another Pitch 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: ... : South Ridge
This route is surprisingly easy for the initial half, then it packs a punch at the grade up high in the crack, as it is somewhat awkward to top out on that. The gear is mostly good, though the top of the crack is well before the end of the route. A few small stopers can be placed behind a flake up and right of the crack, once on the arete, and a #2 Camalot was as good as the rock it was in when placed behind a 2" flake just up and left on the arete. The climbing past these is not diffic...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado