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West Creek Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: John McNamee on Feb 17, 2006

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West Creek is a less visited area of the South Platte with incredible climbing on Thunder Ridge and the better known, near-the-road Sheep's Nose. There are single pitch and multipitch climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.13. There are bolted and traditional climbs here. This area requires effort to climb. It is principally a Spring, Summer, and Fall area due to road conditions.

Getting There 

Go down CO 126 until you reach Deckers. Keep going for a long way until CO 126 meets CO 67, and keep south on CO 67, turn right on 68 going to Westcreek, and take a right on Stump Road. The first formation you will see is Sheep's Nose on the right and is a big dome looking formation (has nice boulder problems on approach!).

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

219 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',35],['3 Stars',100],['2 Stars',66],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Creek:
W.A.S.P. (What About Some Pesticide?)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Let's Do It Again, Daddy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Thunder Ridge : The Alligator Lounge
Pulp Friction   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Ten Years After   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Sheep's Nose
Lost in Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Sheep's Nose
Is This For Real?   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Reptile   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
No Pressure   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Reptile Tears   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
So Wild   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Powder Monkey   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Post Office
Real Black Velvet   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Thunderbird   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Bird Rock : East Side
Chocolate Thunder   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
The G Route   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Storm   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Reality Check   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
The Rodeo   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Starlight   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Thunderstruck   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Trad, 2 pitches, 135'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
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Featured Route For West Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Miller-McLemore staring down the crux of Thu...

Thunderbird 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : South Platte : ... : East Side
Start off of the boulder below & left of the first bolt. Make a reachy clip at the first bolt, and continue up to the ledge below the second bolt, placing a couple cams along the way. Get a rest here, and then keep cranking up the steep wall with flawless stone and technical moves as the pump builds.EDIT: I added 1 bolt to the direct start which is definitely the way to do this thing. Adds a few .10+ moves up to the ledge before the second bolt. There are two places for gear between bolts 1 and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2006

Great job on the South Platte reorg! You might want to move Thunder Ridge to West Creek as well.
By ssp
Nov 20, 2011
Was wondering 'bout the small dome on the right after one makes the turn off 67 coming from the north. Not the main turn but the one where ya just flick your wheel to the right on down the dirt road -Westcreek Rd.
This formation sits just after a small 'V' notch in the hills on your right. There is a dirt road that goes through but looks like private property.
Location is due northeast of Sheep's Nose. Dome in question is, of course, on the left in photo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown Westcreek dome.
Unknown Westcreek dome.
By slim
Nov 28, 2011
If I remember correctly, it is called 'Bell Dome' and has a few obscure routes on it.
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Nov 28, 2011
Allen Hill or Mr. Green would know.
By ssp
Nov 29, 2011
Thanks for the info update, I'll ck with those guys.
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Nov 30, 2011
I have no idea. I've certainly seen it plenty of times and never gave it much thought. I'll put money on it being on private land though.
By ssp
Jun 19, 2013
After revisiting this topic and seeing Allen's reply, I did some further interneting and found out the name is Bell Rock. No other info could be found as far as routes, etc.
Remains to be reconned first with a polite chat with the neighbors then a close up look if allowed.

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