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L to R R to L Alpha
Ain't Misbehavin' S 
Big Dihedral T 
Blitz Girls T,S 
Blow All My Troubles Away S 
Cool Colorado Rain S 
Czech Cashing S 
Dirty Blonde S 
Easy Redhead S 
Exfoliator, The T,S 
Funky Gunky S 
Hard Monkey S 
Little Di T 
Overhangutang S 
Parallel Universe S 
Rolling in Your Arms  S 
Rufies S 
Water Groove T 
Wild Geese In the West S 
Zebra S 

White Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,500'
Location: 39.5679, -106.1227 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Rob Griz on Aug 25, 2010
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White Cliff is a small, southeast-facing crag that receives sun most of the day until about 2-3 hours before sunset. It is mixed in among other slabs along the north side of I-70. It has quality slab/face/roof climbing on a fine mix of gneiss with cool hornblende dikes. There are excellent holds, and depending on the route, few features for gear. The rock continues to exfoliate, mainly little chips but be aware of larger blocks and their stability. Sport and trad routes exist side-by-side. It is great for a quick set of laps after work and close to other areas including Mt. Royal and the Diamond Wall in Officer's Gulch. The White Cliffs have been climbed long before I got here, a story told by the first High Country Crags guidebook and the old Star drive bolts that once dotted the face. The area has seen a resurgence of interest and a handful of exciting new lines worth a lap. Enjoy the modern gear and the fun they afford. A big thanks to Brian Pappas and Elias Martos for their help and support.

Getting There 

From the Frisco #201 exit, drive west for approximately 1 mile on I-70, passing a pair of yellow "Left Curve" road signs. When the shoulder opens up and sloping grass area appears, pull off down along the aspens. You will find a tall cairn and beautiful handmade sign marking the steep approach trail that dips through the trees and heads up to the apron of White Cliff. Follow the trail left to reach the West wall routes, right to reach the East Wall. The approach time is ~5-10 minutes.


West Wall:

A? Left Line, 5, 1p, TR.
B. Ain't Misbehavin', 8+, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Hard Monkey, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
D. Parallel Universe, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
E. Water Groove, 7 R, 1p, 100', gear.
F. Little Di, 7+ PG-13, 1p, 110', gear. 2 starts.
G. Czech Cashing, 11+, 1p, 100', bolts.
H. Funky Gunky, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
I. Big Dihedral, 7, 1p, 100', gear.
J. Overhangutang, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
K. The Exfoliator, 11- PG-13, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.

5th class toe/apron

East Wall:

L1. Rufies, 8-, 1p, 105', bolts.
L2. Blitz Girls, 8, 1p, 105', bolts & gear.
M. Zebra, 7+, 1p, 100', bolts.
N. Easy Redhead, 6, 1p, 55', bolts.
O. Dirty Blonde, 8-, 2p, 140', bolts.
P. 6, 1p, 55', TR.
Q. Wild Geese In the West, 9, 1p, bolts.
R Blow All My Troubles Away, 8+, 1p, 60', bolts.
S. Cool Colorado Rain, 6, 1p, 60', bolts.
T. Rolling in Your Arms , 6, 1p, 45', bolts.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in White Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for White Cliff:
Easy Redhead   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Water Groove   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Blow All My Troubles Away   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Little Di   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Dirty Blonde   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   
Blitz Girls   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Zebra   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Funky Gunky   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Parallel Universe   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Overhangutang   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Exfoliator   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For White Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Smooth start.

Blow All My Troubles Away 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : 10 Mile Canyon : White Cliff
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Photos of White Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Whole wall from parking lot with Far East Wall not...
BETA PHOTO: Whole wall from parking lot with Far East Wall not...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across the angle of rock at the Far East W...
BETA PHOTO: Looking across the angle of rock at the Far East W...
Rock Climbing Photo: My daughters first climb ever!!!!
My daughters first climb ever!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Janice enjoying the day at White Cliff.
Janice enjoying the day at White Cliff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Exploring a bit right of the bolts of the TRs.
Exploring a bit right of the bolts of the TRs.
Rock Climbing Photo: You should have turned already!!! (This is where w...
BETA PHOTO: You should have turned already!!! (This is where w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Handmade sign marking the White Cliff approach tra...
BETA PHOTO: Handmade sign marking the White Cliff approach tra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here is an overview of the cliff.
BETA PHOTO: Here is an overview of the cliff.

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By Brian Pappas
From: silverthorne CO
Oct 2, 2010
Great climbs, Rob. Thanks for all the hard work putting up these routes.
By Dave Clark 5.10
From: Golden, CO
Jun 14, 2011
Sweet crag. Quality rock, routes, and excellent work by Griz.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 14, 2011
This is a terrific diamond in the rough. It has very rock which varies from rock reminiscent of Tuolomne, to the Gunks, Red Slab of Clear Creek Canyon, to Combat Rock granite. There is a good deal of variety in a small area from slab to overhangs. Likely due to its location, it is subject to exfoliation as you might suspect. It is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. Thanks, Rob!
By Will Sharp
From: Breck, CO
Jul 8, 2011
White Cliff is a great place here in Summit County. Great variety of sport lines. Thank you to Rob and Brian for all your work in putting these up! The black and white drawing that Rob has posted is amazingly accurate and easy to follow. Happy Climbing!
By Rob Griz
From: Frisco
Aug 30, 2011
Huge thanks to Brian for his handbuilt "Stairway to Heaven". Forget about buying a Stairmaster to workout, just take a stroll up White Cliff. Thanks to Will, Dave and Leo for the great comments, I think we have a pretty classy crag on our hands. Climb on!
By James Garrett
Sep 22, 2011
I don't know what you do for a living, Rob, but you draw up some of the most beautiful and informative topos I have ever seen. This is a work of art, that's what this is! Do more...I can't wait!
By B Soderberg
From: Dillon, CO
Jul 28, 2012
I don't think any of the routes are actually close to 100'. We did most of the routes this weekend, and a 60m rope was fine for everything on the west wall.
By Rob Griz
From: Frisco
Aug 6, 2012
When doing 'most' of the routes, a 60 m rope 'may' be fine. If doing ALL the routes, a 70m is helpful. Many climbing accidents happen when a climber drops a leader on the lower due to a short rope. Seems like we've already had an accident at the crag, hate to see another. Coming from the guy that bolted all the routes, you will definitely need a 70m for the East wall, the "other half" of the climbing at White Cliff. Cheers!
By Matt W.
From: Edmond, OK
Aug 28, 2013
Are there chain top anchors on all routes at White Cliff?
By Rob Griz
From: Frisco
Nov 29, 2016
James, thanks a bunch for your compliment. I'm a hack-artist in my spare time. Cheers to you for opening up Royal!
By S2k4life
From: beaver creek, CO
Jul 31, 2017
Hey, I lost a green La Sportiva shoe here, pretty positive on the trail somewhere. If you find it, please contact 4439008741.
By KansasBoarder
12 hours ago
Left two double length slings, one green 1/2" webbing and one petzl alpine, on an aspen at the base of parallel universe. Good karma and beer for returning them. 9703334369

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