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Collapsing Stars S 
Coon, The 
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Jewpacabra , The S 
More Than Life S 
Mr. Barnes S 
Mr. D'Antonio S 
Mr. Nobody S 
Red Sea Pedestrian  S 
Sling A Ling A Ding Dong S 
Trigger Happy S 
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The Pharcyde Rock Climbing 

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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: William Mondragon on Sep 12, 2012

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This is a cliff band of high quality stone west of Monte Vista. Most of the routes here are baking in the sun in the morning. It is as secluded as it gets. The bouldering here is great as well. There are pictures and descriptions of all established routes and boulders available at

Getting There 

From the stop light in Monte Vista, head south to Lariat Road and follow this road to a sharp left turn. Here you go right onto the smaller road for about 4 miles crossing a couple dried up stream beds till you hit an intersection of 4 roads, keep heading straight at this intersection and go over a small hill to a gate that blocks the road. Park here and hike up the closed road half a mile to the cliff.

Climbing Season

For the San Luis Valley area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pharcyde

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pharcyde:
Trigger Happy   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Jewpacabra    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Mr. D'Antonio   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For The Pharcyde
Rock Climbing Photo: The Jewpacabra climbs the SWEET pockets right of t...

The Jewpacabra 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : San Luis Valley : The Pharcyde
This climbs perfect pockets and edges up red patina'ed face just right of Mr. Barnes. It is sustained 5.11, but the crux is at the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of The Pharcyde Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: William Mondragon on a project.
William Mondragon on a project.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pharcyde.
The Pharcyde.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew McClure on the third ascent of Mr. Nobody.
Andrew McClure on the third ascent of Mr. Nobody.
Rock Climbing Photo: Some Pharcyde rock.
Some Pharcyde rock.

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By b hof
From: Pueblo West, CO
Mar 24, 2013
It seems like there is some FA bias going on here, these routes look super short with choss at the start of some of them!
By William Mondragon
Apr 1, 2013
@bhof, as you know, the San Luis valley is a place of short sport routes. Yes these routes are short, but it is what we have here. Everyone I have taken to this area has loved it. I thought it would be nice if more folks had a opportunity to come try my routes and enjoy the seclusion of the area. I guess I should just stop bolting new routes right? Go climb at Shelf Road where not just the start of the route is chossy.
By b hof
From: Pueblo West, CO
Apr 2, 2013
Keep on bolting, the SLV could use more sport climbing areas! What I'm saying, though, is that I have a hard time believing 3-4 bolt routes are worthy of classic status. This area looks like a galaxy with all the stars your giving these routes. Don't get me wrong the rock looks good for the most part and I bet the routes climb well. Unfortunately it's a bummer when all that ends in 20 or so ft.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Jun 21, 2016
I look to see the stars ratings for what they are... just like the YDS ratings... as a simple opinion to use as guidance for each area. Time will tell as more ascents come. For now, I enjoy Mondragon's enthusiasm and hope it's not misplaced. Thanks for all the work on this area.
By Allen Law
From: Del Norte, CO
Apr 21, 2017
Went to boulder and ended up mostly scouting the routes. Nice area. Maybe the best rock in Valley, even if it is short like Witches. Looked like there's still room for new routes. Boulders are great rock, but most problems have ugly fall potential - come with a few pads.

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