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The Healing Center

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AC Separation S 
Ketosis S 
Radial Nerve S 
Recovery S 
Rest and Recovery S 

The Healing Center Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,346'
Location: 39.74209, -105.41548 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jay Eggleston on Nov 6, 2014
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This is a fairly slabby wall high up a hill in the upper canyon. The routes are all fairly moderate in nature and you are not likely to run into other people. You may see people down at the East Colfax area a long ways below and across the river. The wall faces south and gets a lot of sun. The rock is the typical type of rock found in the canyon.


A. Recovery, 9+, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. Ketosis, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.
C. Rest and Recovery, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
D1. AC Separation, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
D2. Radial Nerve, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.

Getting There 

Park in the same spot as for all the crags west of tunnel six. Both of the newest guidebooks list the parking as 12.8 miles up the canyon from the intersection of US 6, CO 93, and CO 58. The parking is on the right after a guard rail.

From the parking, hike east next to the creek until you reach a tyrolean which starts at a tree (right at East Colfax crag). Cross the creek on the tyrolean, and head east next to the stream. You will pass the Armory crag and come to a faint trail which heads up the hill to your left. Some cairns mark the course of the trail. The trail goes up to the Conspiracy Cliff, and this wall is to the right.

Bat Alert 

Per Jessica Hysert: beware of bats! There is a family of bats living in the flake above the crux of A.C. Separation.

Kid/dog caution 

The left two routes require a bit of scrambling to gain the sloping base. Use caution with dogs and/or kids, particularly in snowy conditions.

Climbing Season

For the Clear Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Healing Center

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Healing Center:
Rest and Recovery   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
AC Separation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Radial Nerve   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Ketosis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mark on the slab near the second bolt.

Radial Nerve 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Colorado : Golden : ... : The Healing Center
This climb starts out easy, maybe 5.6, up a slab. There is a lot of green lichen on this slab. The crux is at the 4th bolt at a small overhanging roof. There is a good rest above the crux. From here, follow a shallow, right-facing corner which has some tricky moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Geoff U
From: Centennial, CO
Feb 19, 2015
I am not a slab fan, but these were great and worth the hike! No friction smearing stuff - pretty featured.
By Jay W.
From: Longmont, CO
Jun 28, 2015
I really liked the climbs that I did up here, but the approach was heinous. No trail to speak off, loose rock, and lots of vegetation on the way up. Took a longer route back down which was better in regards to loose rock but still had a lot of bushwhacking. The climbing was really good up there, just not sure if it was worth the hike up.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jul 24, 2015
The approach is heinous for Clear Creek but much easier than some other places I have gone to recently.
By two chains
From: Fucken Zion
Aug 30, 2016
Not worth it!!!!!! At all!!! 2 climbs on the right meet a the same anchors.... Lazy ass/cheap. One climb you need a 70m rope (who the fuck is going to lug up a 70?) one line was bolted on a death flake. Tread lightly!!!! Also Luke didn't seem to trundle any other section of the rock.... If you don't rap the exact bolt line, you might kill your partner and dog. I just barely steped on a loose block and sent down a microwave-sizer down.... My partner superman'ed out of the way just barely missing him and the dog! It's a long ass way down if you get hurt up here!!!
Also the grade here are all 5.9s, no 5.10 moves exist on this wall.

Better climbing exists down by Promio!!!
Though if you like sun canser, you will like this crag.

Only good thing about this crag... you will be in solitude with the rattlers.
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
Aug 30, 2016
Easy there, 2chains. These climbs are fun, and it's a great way to avoid crowds. Put up just one quality line in the canyon, and you'll see how hard it is to clean routes. How about a little less trolling.
By Jessica Hysert
From: Golden, CO
Aug 16, 2017
Beware of bats! There is a family of bats living in the flake above the crux of A.C. Separation. Please respect them by either going left an avoiding the flake or not doing the route. The bottom half up to, and including, the crux is shared with Radial Nerve, so just do that instead. Fun crux. Approach is slippery, even without snow. Wear appropriate shoes.

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