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    The Veil is a rare "wilderness setting" within Eldorado canyon. There is a string of summits extending from Rincon to the north/north west, including Cadilac Crag, The Veil, Physical Crag (and Split Block), Diamond Head, and Sobo. The Veil is the largest of these, being a full two to three pitches tall and quite wide. Despite it's size and solid rock, perhaps due to the longer approach and lack of development or protection, it does not see much traffic, even on holiday weekends. The setting is a nice, and this is one of the best places to go to get away from the hordes that sometimes end up in Eldo.

    From a distance, at almost any angle, the Veil looks like a massive castle, with a flat wall in the center and two huge turret-like towers, one on either side. The Veil faces Southwest, and gathers light later in the day. The climbs mostly involve either moderate and runout face climbing, such as Silver Threads, (a 5.8 S) or hard and runout face climbing, such as Forever, (a 10c VS). There is one token crack and corner climb, Wanderlust, a well protected and enjoyable 5.6. All 8 of the known routes on this rock are starred routes in the local guidebooks, but none see much traffic.

    Descent: To descend after climbing, walk left off of the top to the north, and then back down to your packs. This is an easy walk-off and should take about 5 minutes.

    Getting There 

    From the Eldorado Canyon Train, sating as for Rincon or Cadilac crag, passing the Rincon cut-off. Continue on the trail until you are directly below The Veil, then scramble uphil over talus to reach the base. This should take about 45 minutes.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 0.2 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Featured Route For The Veil
    Rock Climbing Photo: Fran, Zabrina, pitch 2.

    Zabrina 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Colorado : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Veil
    No crowds here! Luckily, the monster approach hike is made up for by a great climb. Expect a few crusty bits of rock, some lichen here and there, and little sign of previous traffic. This must be how Redgarden Wall felt back around the mid sixties. Start on the far right of the crag. The ground around here is covered in holes made by some rodents or something. Spooky, especially as it is so quiet, far from the Eldo crowds. I was half expecting a swarm of rats or marmots to suddenly emerge. Th...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    Rock Climbing Photo: The Veil as viewed from the west
    BETA PHOTO: The Veil as viewed from the west
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Veil (right) and Physical Crag (left) as viewe...
    BETA PHOTO: The Veil (right) and Physical Crag (left) as viewe...

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    By pete cogan
    Aug 12, 2002
    Getting there: As you hike along the Eldorado Canyon Trail to a high point above an old burn (Rossiter), you finally see the Veil. Immediately north is a faint trail, which dies soon. We then headed left across several boulder fields until below the rock, then hiked straight up on more rock.This seemed a very reasonable alternate route to this terrific place.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Apr 25, 2003
    This can be challenging to find on days so foggy as to obscure direct visualization of the crag like this morning. Straight up from the burn area did not yield the crag.
    By adam brink
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 19, 2008
    Has anyone done Way Honed and Gnarly? Could you comment on it if you did? Is the pro as bad as it used to be or does modern gear help out?



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