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Wild Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,500'
Location: 39.12992, -106.67447 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Amos Whiting on Jul 6, 2015

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This is the longest piece of rock on the west side of The Pass. It is a ridge line above Wild Rock, which faces mostly East and South. It is high, and there is normally a light wind and great temps. This is a new area as of June 2015 and has not seen much action. There is plenty of rock and opportunities for new routes, mostly longer moderates, although the East face of "Wild Tower" may have some steeper lines.

The rock is the same as the rest of The Pass. It is mostly face climbing with some cracks. The lower angled sections have some lichen, and there is some loose rock here and there and on the decent gully. Otherwise, it is solid.

Getting There 

Park as for "Wild Rock" in the large pullout on the south side of CO Hwy 82, 10.8 miles east of City Market in Aspen. Cross the street and head North/uphill, and make your way through some boggy patches until you see Wild Rock. Continue to the North face of Wild Rock. Then hike about 200 feet uphill, and look for some carins and a large, downed tree. Follow the carins on a rising traverse west toward the cliff, passing under a large boulder then straight up a large talus field until you hit the base of the wall. This takes about 30 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Wild Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wild Ridge:
El Diablo de Oro   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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Featured Route For Wild Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: El Diablo Oro climbs the sky line.

El Diablo de Oro 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Independence Pass : Wild Ridge
This is the first "official" route on Wild Ridge, although I suspect someone has climbed "Wild Tower", the obvious tower 3/4 of the way up the ridge. It was put up over three summers with most of the work happening in 2014. It was cleaned and bolted on lead with my 11-12-13 year old stepson Wheeler who named it because of the golden light of Fall and the golden rock on the ridge. The Diablo was because it took us 6 tries to complete, including me being 15 feet from the top in fall of 2014 only t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Alvaro Arnal
From: Aspen, CO
Jul 6, 2015
It's cool that people are starting to venture up there! 3 or 4 years ago a friend and I went up and cleaned/climbed a few lines on the left side of your photo; above that smooth band of rock, including a nice hand crack in a corner. We decided that it would take someone with way more motivation than us to keep humping up there to establish lines, so we let it be. Nice job, Amos!
By Amos Whiting
From: Basalt, Colorado
Jul 6, 2015
Al, you guys should add your routes to the area. So it is clear if people are venturing into the zone looking for FAs they are not repeating.
That grey rock looks like the best chunk up there.
By Alvaro Arnal
From: Aspen, CO
Jul 8, 2015
Wish I could remember what we climbed and where the climbs were located along that band! We didn't bother to add any bolts or anchors; we decided not to put in the effort since it's such a steep and long approach just to get up there (I know, lazy lazy!)
By Jon Georger
Aug 21, 2015
@ amos: Al and I explored that area in 2013, we ended up scrambling 4th class to a large OW corner - I led the corner to the top of the wall, then rigged an anchor, and TR'd the obvious crack line (5.9?) to the right of the aforementioned wall. No pics, sorry, bud. From memory, there was a really good looking, mixed crack line on the upper features above this area.
By jchrystal
Sep 18, 2015
Fun route. The tower at the top is especially nice. A definite "must" for anyone looking for a moderate, multi-pitch climb on the west side of The Pass.
By Morgan Beasty
Jul 9, 2016
This 'climb' is more of a 5th class scramble. At best the 'climb' is a 5.4 with each pitch being less than 45 ft. We spent 3 hours hiking an overbolted boulder and were looking for trad all day. Definitely not a 'must'.
By Michael B
Jun 28, 2017
We were up there on Saturday. Really enjoyable full day of climbing. I'm super-glad I was on belay, though, for the exposed 4th class / 5.2 section on pitch 7. A flake about the size of an extra-large pizza box came off with me on it. That section's probably a little harder now but still really easy, 5.4 tops.

Just some light cuts and bruises, but heads up for loose pieces, even large ones up there. Without a rope, I'd have probably gone about 200' down.

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