The Crystal Tower Rock Climbing
Late on a beautiful winter day.
The Crystal Tower is substantially taller than Primo and presently hosts seven fine climbs including the best moderate warm-up in the area. The rock is typical of Clear Creek Canyon with none of the occasional soft rock found in some places. A bit of pegmatite can be found here and there on most routes. Presently, all of the routes can be done with a 60 m rope.
From The Primo Wall, just continue hiking East. The Crystal Tower is approximately 100 feet East of the last routes on Primo Wall just after a grassy drainage. There is frequently a Tyrolean Traverse set up just below The Crystal Tower. Unfortunately, like most Clear Creek Tyroleans, those that access Primo, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and the new crag above The Armory - are frequently chopped. So, approach The Crystal Tower as you would for Primo, via the long hike from the bridge or via the Tyrolean. One can usually see the Tyrolean from the parking across the river from Primo.
A. Psychedelic Mini-Fridge
, 10, 1p, bolts.
B. Mineral Museum
, 9+, 75', 1p, bolts.
C. Quartz Sports
, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
D. Hot Rocks
, 12, 1p, bolts.
E. Skippin' Stones
, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
F. Hot Rocks
, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
G. Cornered Again
, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
I? Unknown, 1p, bolts.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Crystal Tower
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Crystal Tower:
Hot Rocks 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For The Crystal Tower
Mineral Museum 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Colorado
: ... : The Crystal Tower
Mineral Museum is a fine warm-up on largely good stone. Get the first clip without freaking out and the route will be a gas. After the first clip, head a bit left on good fingers and then cut back right onto a run of pegmatite. This still sheds a bit of surface debris nearly 10 years later. After the pegmatite, some big blocks and a fun move through a corner just below the anchors give the Mineral Museum character. Two stars for the fun moves, good bolting job, and convenient warm-up....[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
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