The Dog House Rock Climbing
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This formation is another good section of Clear Creek rock offering some good routes in the 5.11-5.12 range as well as a couple 5.10 routes. The climbing here tends to be overhanging and powerful. The area is rather new so there is a bit of loose rock on the routes, however all the big stuff has been cleaned off. All the routes here are well bolted and have bomber anchors at the top. The routes vary from 60 feet to 80 feet in height. A general comment on the Clear Creek guidebook for the area. The ratings for these climbs were published after only a few ascents, and there is some discussion about the true ratings of the routes. Also, there has been a lot of new activity on the rock and there is almost double the routes that are found in the Clear Creek guidebook.
Drive up Clear Creek Canyon as for Catslab, taking the left fork when you get to the Central City fork. Park at the pullout just beyond tunnel 5. Look up and to the north side of the road to see this very overhung formation. Walk across the bridge and up the steep hillside via any of the small trails. Watch out for cactus everywhere. There is a nice flat belay area at the base of the rock. This area receives lots of sun and is an excellent winter crag. Summer is likely to be very hot at this formation.
, 9+, 1p, 95', bolts.
BA. Li'l Snoopy
, 8, 1p, 95', bolts.
B. Li'l Dog
, 11-, 1p, 90', bolts.
CD. Black Dog
, 9+, 1p, 75', bolts.
D. Dog Breath
, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Hot Dog
, 11, 1p, bolts.
F. Fiddler on the Woof
, 12-, 1p, bolts.
G. Mighty Dog
, 12, 1p, bolts.
H. Big Dog
, 12, 1p, bolts.
I. Dog Run
, 12, 1p, bolts.
IJ. Run Underdog, 12, 1p, bolts.
J. The Underdog
, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
Weather station 5.8 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Dog House
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Dog House:
Li'l Snoopy 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Black Dog 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Dog Breath 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Li'l Dog 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Hot Dog 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Big Dog 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Mighty Dog 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
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Fiddler on the Woof 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO
: ... : The Dog House
This route is way overhung and powerful, with fun moves. However, the disappointing use of manufactured holds on this route warrants the single star rating (although these holds are bomber). This is the second route from the right side of the overhang, and ascends the steep lip using an obvious drilled slot on the face. The rating on this was initially 12c/d, but the consesus seems to be that it is actually 12a. Consider it a gym route and it will be fun and worth the effort....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Walt Wehner
Nov 24, 2001
This photo is a bit misleading. There are _2_ routes on the far left side that share anchors, and are around 5.10/5.10+ respectively. THEN there's a 5.11 that goes up a slab to the _right_ side of the crack that the 10+ climbs, and then shoots off right through the overhang to an independent anchor. Finally, (this is the left side only) there's the massively manufactured route that goes out right on 2 drilled jugs to a low anchor. The #2 shown in the photo is really a sort of amalgam of both the 5.11 and the drilled route. Maybe another photoshop session is in order?
Note that I'm in no way bashing Quinn for the photo. I imagine a route got added at some point, which is what's confusing matters.
By Joshua Lewis
Mar 17, 2002
I'd agree with you about the ratings on the leftmost routes, Walt. IMO the far left is a good 10a--maybe a star or two. The next in from that is 10b/c with 2-3 stars....fun and pumpy. Seems like the upper half of the b/c might have been added after the fact, what with the midway anchors and slight runout from the ledge. Not too bad a clip if you cheat a little left and have an above average ape index. Straight up the chalked crimpers would be considerably harder..and pretty balsey. Anyway...they're good routes and give the weekend warriors..like me...a chance to get up something on the Dog House.
Feb 25, 2006
NEW ROUTE ON the left side of the crag. Saw the guy drilling on the left side today. I can't wait to try but should be a great route.
Apr 27, 2009
Lost Chalk Bag - Was climbing here on 4/21/09 and left my new chalk bag at the crag. Please let me know if you have it. I would make it worth your while to return. Thanks in advance, Brian.
By Kai Huang
From: Thornton, CO
Apr 27, 2009
Don't have your chalk bag, but GO GATORS!
Jan 16, 2010
Does anyone know anything about the upper pitch routes? Looks like there's a second pitch above the .11 and maybe the .12a. Definitely anchors up there.