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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, Canon City.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

70 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',18],['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:
Flee   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Zing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Tanner Classic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Route Number 18   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Hardscrabble Pass : Titanic
Amp Left   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Amp Right   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Landscape Architect   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
Rightist   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Oak Creek Canyon : Tanner Dome
The Merrimac   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   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
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: Tanner Dome  from parking lot

Pendejo 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : The Wet Mountains : ... : Tanner Dome
The route takes the obvious arête on the left side of Tanner Rock. At this time, the far left, bolted route on Tanner Rock. 200 feet left of the trad route Clippers and Saws.Pitch one 5.10c - Starts just left of a hard looking overhang. 8 bolts and anchor. The first pitch can also be done as a sport pitch, by stopping at the first set of anchors. (Use a 60 meter rope). Pitch two - 5.10b 11 bolts and anchor.Pitch three - 10 bolts and anchor takes the steep face on big holds, best done as a sport...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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