Spiney Ridge Rock Climbing
Spiney Ridge from the Banks Campground.
A great cliff between the 'new' Gym and Cactus Cliff. Offering some very good routes, mostly sport routes with some gear routes mixed in between. Mostly always in the sun during the day, which makes for enjoyable pocket pulling. Classics on the cliff include, The Hurricane, Cornerstone and (IMHO) Tractatus.
From the new parking area by The Bank Camground, follow the road NW towards The Bank for ~100yds. Pickup the trail on the right side of the road that descends into the canyon. Follow this trail for ~5 minutes, crossing the canyon bottom, and passing below the 2150 Wall, to a terminus at the road that heads up above Cactus Cliff (this road was the former approach to Cactus). Turn left and follow the road uphill towards Cactus. Continue along the road as it banks hard right, passing the new toilet. Where the trail banks left, continue west, passing signage, along a well maintained trail that traverses Cactus Cliff. Follow the trail around the SE buttress of Cactus. Once you cross a prominent drainage you will arrive at Spiney Ridge.
Weather station 6.9 miles from here
30 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Spiney Ridge
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Spiney Ridge:
Cheers 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Tractatus 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Cornerstone 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Quoting Yoda 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Rising 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport, 70'
Keystone 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Spiney Ridge
Weapons Of Mass Arousal 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Colorado
: Shelf Road
: Spiney Ridge
This is an outstanding route well worth the effort. It is rather void of the typical piss Shelf holds and will tax your body, not your fingers. The crux starts with the first 2 bolts and can be quite a reach for those that are shorter. To follow are a few strenuous lieback moves to a really good flake system. Be careful here, I can see this block coming off one day. An almost no hands rest awaits before fighting the pump to the top on good holds. This route will be a classic with more traffic....[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Spiney Ridge - left. Sunday Pockets is renamed 20...
Spiney Ridge at moonrise, April, 2011.
Looking down from the anchor on 20th Century Man.
Jun 22, 2005
Was climbing at Shelf Road on the weekend. A climber led Pully Mammoth and set it up on top rope for his girlfriend. She couldn't pull the roof so he top-roped it to clean it. He grabbed the jug to pull himself over the roof and a rock the size of a loaf of bread broke off in his hand and landed on the ground a few feet from his girlfriend.
Given the now missing jug I suspect this climb is now a tad harder than it used to be.
By Unassigned User
May 3, 2011
I was wondering if anyone knows if that project ever got got. I got up it but fell a few times 3 years ago or so and never went back. It was a super cool climb!
By Kenny P
From: Woodland Park
Oct 28, 2012
Perhaps someone out there can help me identify a route I climbed yesterday at Spiney Ridge. I recently moved to the area, and after three trips to Shelf, we decided to steer clear of the weekend crowds along Cactus - we selected Spiney (no one around!). It appears there are discrepancies between MP and the New Shelf Road guidebook.
I led a route to the right of #15 on MP's topo (Nalalator); it begins just to the LEFT of the small tree in the photo, in a small steep corner. The route ascends this corner (the first of two cruxes) escapes onto the ledge system, trends just slightly to the right, and continues all the way to the cliff top with another technical section mid-way. (The climbing near the anchors is also a bit difficult). This was a good route I'd give it "one-less star" than all the stars in whichever rating system you use! I estimate the overall difficulty around 11a/b????? Definitely not included in either guide.
Dec 7, 2015
I left a guidebook and a pair of belay gloves at the base of Tractates. When I returned for them (around dark), they were gone. If you kindly hauled them out for me, I'd love to get them back. Thank you!