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The Wet Mountains Rock Climbing 

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The Wet Mountains are the hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boasting steep sport granite and multi-pitch trad climbing. During the winter months, ice climbing is also possible.

The most popular area is Tanner Dome in the Oak Creek area. Tanner Dome, not be confused with Tanner Rock (Raven Buttress) which is also in the Wet Mountains but at Hardscrabble Pass, contains an assortment of quality routes on South Platte like rock. Most routes are one to three pitch bolted sport routes, with only one few trad lines. During the winter the area can be sheltered from winds and pleasant to climb.

Getting There 

The Wet Mountains lie south of Canon City and close to Florence. Please refer to the area descriptions on how to locate each climbing area as they are dispersed.

Map of general area around Florence.


Information about the Wet Mountains is currently on the light side, so if you are venturing down there, a handy resource would be the area's guidebook, The Ripper: Climbing in Colorado's Wet Mountains, available from Sharp End Publishing and climbing shops. Bob and Carrie Robertson's guide The Sunny Side of Voyageur found at is a good reference too.

Gear Shops 

Great Divide, 400 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo.
The Edge, 107 N. Union Ave, Pueblo.

Red Canyon Cycles, 410 Main St, Cañon City.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

70 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Wet Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wet Mountains:
Penny Lane   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Flee   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Tanner Classic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Zing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Route Number 18   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Hardscrabble Pass : Titanic
Amp Right   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Amp Left   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Landscape Architect   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
The Merrimac   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Rightist   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Kennesaw Mountain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
30,000 Casualties   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
The Beak   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, Grade II   Hardscrabble Pass : Tanner Rock aka Raven's But...
Clippers and Saws   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Pendejo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Bull Run   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Chickamauga   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Vicksburg   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
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Featured Route For The Wet Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: 30,000 Casualities.  Steeper than it looks.

30,000 Casualties 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Colorado : The Wet Mountains : ... : Tanner Dome
This climb is located on the Civil Wall, immediately to the right of Tanner Dome.Just right of the chimney which marks the start of several climbs on Civil Wall, this excellent mixed route climbs the most obvious weakness on a steep pink-granite face. The first part climbs a trickier-than-it-looks face past bolts to an exciting stand-up move over a bulge. Those with more patience than I may be able to better protect with RPs in a seam here. Clip another bolt, then traverse left to the crack. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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