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Breakfast Cliff 
Bumbling Stock 
Canal Zone, The 
Capitalist Crag 
Cat Slab Boulders 
Cats vs. Dogs Wall 
Catslab, The 
Conspiracy Crag, The 
Convenience Cliff 
Cool Thing Wall (aka Kool Krag) 
Creek Side 
Crystal Tower, The 
Dog House, The 
East Colfax 
East Side of Tunnel 1 
Elk Creek 
Fiscal Cliff, The 
Flood Wall 
Garden Wall, The 
Ghost Crag 
Guppy, The 
High Profile Wall 
High Wire Crag 
Higher Wire 
Highlands aka Highlander, The 
Independence Wall 
Irok 
Jerky Boulder (263) 
Labyrinth 
Left Wire 
Little Eiger 
Low Spark of High Wire Crag 
Mission Wall, The 
Monkey House, The 
Mourning Glory 
New Economy Cliff 
New Hipster Rock 
New River Wall, The 
Nightworm Pinnacle 
Nomad's Cave 
Play Pen 
Point Break 
Postcolonial Crag 
Prestige Worldwide Wall 
Primo Wall 
Punk Rock 
Rainy Day Rock 
Rapids Rock 
Real Hidden Valley 
Rebel Wall 
Red Slab, The 
River Wall 
Seeing Squiggles Bloc 
Sex Cave 
Sports Wall, The 
Stoked Bowl 
Stumbling Block, The 
Twilight Zone, The 
Twitch Rock 
Wall of Justice 
Wall of the '90s 
Wanna Be Wall 
Waves Wall 

Clear Creek Canyon  


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Description 

Clear Creek Canyon (CCC) is aptly situated along Clear Creek, just west of Golden. The canyon is most well known for its accesible wealth of sport climbs, with some trad climbs interspersed. The rock varies here from gneiss & schist to a sandy granite, relatively solid but much different and perhaps more unique than the gray sweeps of Boulder Canyon.

While the individual areas here tend to be specialized with regard to the route type and difficulty, the canyon as a whole has a variety of ratings. Beginners should look into the High Wire Crag, Catslab - note it is apparently open, Little Eiger, Red Slab, and The Canal Zone while excellent difficult routes abound from the Primo Wall, Wall of the Nineties, Anarchy Wall, The River Wall, and New River formation. Clear Creek also offers some nice winter climbing options such as the Red Slab and the Dog House.

As always, be attentive of the traffic and remove valuables from your car.

Ice Climbing 

See CO Ice & Mixed > Clear Creek Canyon - Ice.

Getting There 

From Denver, head out on 6th Ave. and exit into Golden. Turn left on US 6 into the canyon. From Boulder, the best way to reach Clear Creek Canyon is to take CO Highway 93 (Broadway) straight south for about 25 minutes into Golden. Then take a right, heading west on US 6 into Clear Creek Canyon. Pullouts can be found along the highway, and most approaches are about 5-10 minutes. Sometimes tyroleans exist but cannot always be trusted.

Ropes 

Note, many routes are not descendable with a single rope, be it 45m or 50m or 60m or 70m. Please, carefully lower when not certain of route length. Please!

Guidebooks 

There have been at least 4-5 guidebooks including Clear Creek Canyon. Peter Hubbel put out Front Range Crags. Mark Rolofson has put out a 1995 Boulder Sport Climbing Guide, a 1999 Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, a more recent Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, and most recently, Darren Mabe has put out a Clear Creek Canyon guidebook.

Speed Limits/Tickets 

FYI, CO State Patrol has been put on notice by their head person due to too many complaints for those who drive US 6 through CCC. So, they have up to 4 patrollers ticketing speeders at a time. The speed limit is 40 mph through the entire canyon!

Tickets for 55 mph cost 4 points and $170.

Camping 

There is an RV park near the mouth of the canyon.

Crags (downstream to upstream) 

This is a work in progress...finally, eh? Thanks for your patience.

South vs. North is relative to the road.

CO 93 & US 6 intersection

large bridge / parking area

South (across CC) - The Canal Zone | The Twilight Zone
North - Labyrinth
South - East Side of Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

North - New Hipster Rock
South - The Sports Wall

metal bridge

South - Ghost Crag
North (MM 270) - The Blonde Formation
North (MM 270) - The Stumbling Block | Bumbling Stock
North - Postcolonial Crag
North - Skinny Legs Formation
?North? (MM 268) - Bouldering (mile marker 268) | 268 Wall

Bridge - ~3.5 miles

North - The Red Slab
South - Piledriver | Rainy Day Rock | Little Eiger
South - The Garden Wall
North - Point Break | The New River Wall | The Highlands aka Highlander | Twitch Rock | Rapids Rock | Highwire North
South - Evil Cave | River Wall
South - Wall of Justice | Low Spark of High Wire Crag | High Wire Crag | Higher Wire | Left Wire

Tunnel 2 - ~4.9 miles

metal tyrolean

South (across CC) - Punk Rock | Irok | Wanna Be Wall | The Mission Wall
South - Flood Wall | Back of the Nineties | Wall of the '90s
North - The Monkey House
South - Capitalist Crag | Upper Capitalist Crag | Lower Capitalist Crag

Tunnel 3 - ~5.1 miles

South - Independence Wall | Anarchy Wall
South (across CC) - Cool Thing Wall (aka Kool Krag) | New Crag
North - Elk Creek
North - Sex Cave (aka Pete's Wicked Cave)
South - New Economy Cliff | Bionic Crag
North MM 264 - Rebel Wall
North - Nightworm Pinnacle | Prestige Worldwide Wall | Real Hidden Valley | Upper Wall
South - A Little Piece of South Dakota
North (MM 263) - Jerky Boulder (263)
South - High Profile Wall

Mayhem Gulch mountain biking trailhead

Intersection with CO 119

Tunnel 5 - ~10.5 miles

South - Cats vs. Dogs Wall | The Catslab | Cat Slab Boulders
North - The Dog House | Stoked Bowl | Creek Side

tyrolean

South - Mourning Glory

Tunnel 6 ~11.3 miles

tyrolean

North - Play Pen | The Conspiracy Crag | East Colfax (not across the creek) | The Armory | The Crystal Tower | Seeing Squiggles Bloc | The Guppy | Waves Wall | Primo Wall | Nomad's Cave | Breakfast Cliff
South - Convenience Cliff | Project Wall

Peak to Plains Trail project 

Rockfall mitigation near the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek Canyon is complete, though the popular climbing site referred to as Fiscal Cliff remains designated as a construction zone. Crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. The areas known as Dog House and Cat Slab will not be affected. More info may be obtained from: p2ptrail@publicinfoteam.com.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.4 miles from here

751 Total Routes

['4 Stars',39],['3 Stars',258],['2 Stars',329],['1 Star',120],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',22],['5.7',20],['5.8',32],['5.9',68],['5.10',139],['5.11',151],['5.12',147],['5.13',57],['>=5.14',29],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',17],['V4-5',16],['V6-7',20],['V8-9',16],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',16],['>=V14',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clear Creek Canyon:
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Creek Side
Guppy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Creek Side
Fill In The Blanks   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   East Colfax
Made In The Shade   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   The Canal Zone
First Impressions   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Little Eiger
Lunchmoney   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Capitalist Crag : Lower Capitalist Crag
5th of July   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   High Wire Crag
Panama Red   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Canal Zone
People's Choice   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 4 pitches   High Wire Crag
Reefer Madness   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of the '90s
Walking With A Ghost   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   The Canal Zone
Officer Friendly   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Wall of Justice
Curvaceous   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Wall of the '90s
Wet Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Wall of the '90s
Ten-Digit Dialing   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of the '90s
The Great Escape   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of Justice
Anarchitect   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Anarchy Wall
Sonic Youth   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   The New River Wall
My Significant Other   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   The Guppy
Prowler   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Twitch Rock
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Featured Route For Clear Creek Canyon
Heading up the belly of the beast, Primo Wall.

Primeval 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a  CO : Golden : ... : Primo Wall
This route tackles the prominent overhung arete in the center of the cliff. It has sustained climbing on relatively positive holds to a final tricky arete. Unfortunately the holds were drilled, then filled in, and a broken hold was re-attached. This awaits a glue-free ascent. Superb, steep climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Local Information for Clear Creek Canyon
Photos of Clear Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Crack a Beer, at the Bumbling Stock.
BETA PHOTO: Crack a Beer, at the Bumbling Stock.
Jason Baker squeezing and pulling to gain the final exit (crux) moves on "Stanley Kubrick (V11)."  <br /> <br />Spotter:  Tom. <br /> <br />Photo by:  Luke Childers.
Jason Baker squeezing and pulling to gain the fina...
Adam Peters on "The Desiderata", March 2007. <br /> <br />Photo by Darren Mabe.
Adam Peters on "The Desiderata", March 2007.

Phot...
Caught here in a drilling frenzy the ever enthusiastic Jason Baker pounds in another classic C.C.C. line!!!  Nice work, man!!
Caught here in a drilling frenzy the ever enthusia...
Luke Childers getting the on-sight of "Smoke On The Water" at the "Fire In The Sky Boulder" across the road and creek side in relation to "The little Eiger" in Clear Creek Canyon, Co.
Luke Childers getting the on-sight of "Smoke On Th...
Good bouldering can also be found in Clear Creek Canyon:  A.W. on 'Mavericks', V6. <br /> <br />photo: Greg Jackson
Good bouldering can also be found in Clear Creek C...
A slide shed in New Zealand used to mitigate rockfall.
BETA PHOTO: A slide shed in New Zealand used to mitigate rockf...
Left Wire (left side) looking east.
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (left side) looking east.
Jason Baker working one of his beautiful new project at a new wall in C.C.C.
Jason Baker working one of his beautiful new proje...
Diamondback, Wall of the Nineties.
Diamondback, Wall of the Nineties.
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
Luke Childers on "Fluid Mechanic" located at "The New River Wall's" bouldering area.  Great climb!!  Powerful from start to finish....
Luke Childers on "Fluid Mechanic" located at "The ...
Luke Childers crushing the "Armory" classic "Ken T'anks for the on-sight warm-up.  It's a must do line!!
Luke Childers crushing the "Armory" classic "Ken T...
Luke working the 2nd power crux on the route for the F.A. of what would become "Spinner Bait."  Located on the newly posted formation "The Guppy."   <br /> <br />Photo by: Jaime Childers.
Luke working the 2nd power crux on the route for t...
Left Wire (Facts Wall).
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (Facts Wall).
Left Wire (Pink Wall) looking east.
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (Pink Wall) looking east.
Left Wire (Getto Wall).
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (Getto Wall).
Photo beta for "The little Eiger Boulders."  These boulders house such classics as the "Animal (V10-11)" and "Smoke On The Water (V7)" and many more.  Thus, making these boulders a Clear Creek Canyon bouldering pit stop that is not to be missed!!!
BETA PHOTO: Photo beta for "The little Eiger Boulders." These...
Luke Childers on the technically powerful and polished lip moves that link the (SDS) of "Carrera GT (V10)" to the finishing section of "Carrera (V8)."  Much better climbing than I had expected!!  I give it stars!!
Luke Childers on the technically powerful and poli...
Enjoying a not so sunny afternoon in CCC.
Enjoying a not so sunny afternoon in CCC.
Left Wire (Addicts Wall).
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (Addicts Wall).
Left Wire (Show Nuff Wall).
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (Show Nuff Wall).
Luke Childers cleaning his new project at "The Primo Wall."  When completed it's going to be called "Problem Child."
Luke Childers cleaning his new project at "The Pri...
Mazzi Childers on her new favorite climb, "First Impressions-(5.9+)."  The Little Eiger.  Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado.
Mazzi Childers on her new favorite climb, "First I...

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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jul 20, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 
Found chalkbag left near tyrolean at Tunnel 6.
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 5, 2001
Not that anyone really cares, but the rock in this Canyon is not granite at all but metamorphic Schist and Gneiss (similar to the rock on Hallet Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park). Makes for good face climbing...though I never thought of metamorphic rock as being so pocketed ;)
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 5, 2004
Y'all probably have seen this but in case you missed it, The Denver Post reports on p 3C, Clear Creek Canyon will be closed for 3 weeks 9/13/4 for work on 3 bridges & rock-fall mitigation for 11 miles from CO Hwy 93 to CO Hwy 119. Climbing access will be affected.
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 4, 2005
On the east side of Tunnel 2, right off the highway there are a few routes that go to a ledge where there are several other routes. One of these routes is a dihedral (I think. It is right in a corner, with a 'roof') its a short pitch, with only 4 bolts, and looks right over the highway. Does anybody know what this is called, or what it is rated?
By ac
Jun 27, 2005
Road is now open up until about a mile and a half from the rock slide so that kayakers, climbers and hikers can enjoy the canyon.
By Doug Redosh
Jul 1, 2005
As of 3 days ago, cars were allowed up the canyon, but not bikes (too dangerous the CDOT workers claimed)!!!!
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 5, 2005
Bicycles are not allowed in the canyon, even when it is 'open'.
By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Aug 29, 2006
Look People. The Wall of Justice IS NOT the toilet area for Highwire Crag! I visited it yesterday and was disgusted by the abundance of human feces, toilet paper, etc in the vicinity. If you have to go, go somewhere else. If you see someone headed over there to crap there, remind them that the Wall of Justice and the surrounding area are not the shitter.
By Armin
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Sep 22, 2006
Anybody have any idea when the new guide is supposed to be out?
-ag
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Sep 22, 2006
Darren Mabe's new guide is basically finished and is in the editing stages. It should be out by the end of 2006, maybe November.

casey
By Jess
Sep 26, 2006
I've been climbing in Clear Creek Canyon for many years now and enjoy many aspects of it. Usually people are very friendly, the climbing is good and the convenience is great. Lately I've been hanging out at the Wall of Justice working on "The Great Escape" which is a super fun route. About 10 days ago I was there and put some draws on the route. After finishing our session, I decided to take the bottom three draws but leave the top three for future projecting. Didn't think that this would be an issue. Well, I was wrong and now very disappointed in our fellow climbers. Today, when I went back to climb the route my draws were gone. What is wrong with people? What ever happened to, "if it's not yours, don't touch it"? Last year, we had draws on the entire route of the "Great Escape" and the bottom three were stolen and then a week later all draws were stolen off "Anarchitect". This is absurd and unacceptable. Why would someone do this? If your reading this, "THIEF", quit stealing other peoples stuff, and I hope your not hurt too badly when karma bites you in the ass.
By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 26, 2006
Jess, sorry to hear about the stolen draws. I found several other similar incidents reported on the site within the past 5 years:

Oct 4, 2001 - Eldorado Canyon / Monument Direct
Oct 20, 2002 - Boulder Canyon / Castle Rock / Aid Roof
Apr 19, 2004 - Clear Creek Canyon / Wall of Justice / Slammer
May 18, 2004 - Clear Creek Canyon / Anarchy Wall / Matriarch
Oct 19, 2004 - Boulder Canyon / Eagle Rock / Eagle Warrior
Apr 4, 2006 - Castlewood Canyon / Rim Job
Jun 1, 2006 - Eldorado Canyon / Supremacy Rock / The Web
Jun 29, 2006 - Keystone / House Rock / Crystal Ball

Perhaps, it's just better to remove your draws in high-traffic and/or high-visibility areas.
By Jess
Sep 26, 2006
Thanks for your support, Mike. My question is, why doesn't this happen in Rifle, also a very high traffic area? Does the thieving have something to do with wanting to put their own draws on the route while climbing it? Or thinking that it's lame to have draws on a Clear Creek 5.12? Or is it just plain stealing? I guess it's said and done, and we'll probably never know who the thief is unless they have balls big enough to speak up. Another lesson learned the hard way.
By Chris Cavallaro
Sep 28, 2006
Chris,
You would take the draws too? Are you calling yourself a thief then? I'm pretty sure you just announced to everyone that you are.
Attention Colorado Climbers: Never climb with or around this guy!
By Jess
Sep 28, 2006
Chris S.,
First, I'm not a fella, I'm a lady, and second, Nixon was a crook! It's pretty disturbing to have personal belongings stolen and this is not the first time. I try to have trust in my fellow climbers and people in general. I suppose that coming from the East your perspective on trusting others is very different. I'm surprised that you're surprised at how angry I was. (I've cooled down a bit now.) If you go to Anarchy Wall in CCC and look at a comment from 2004 regarding stolen draws, you'll realize that I actually kept my cool pretty good. Like I said, I learned the hard way. I definitely will not leave draws around anymore knowing that many people out there think it's OK to take anything left on the rock but chalk!
Jessica
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 29, 2006
Jess, sorry to hear that your project draws were stolen. Fixed draws shouldn't be considered booty. If you want, you can have my draws I have hanging on The Gauntlet on the Armory, or there are also a few of mine on Hot Rocks on Crystal Tower. I have not had a chance to go up there and take them down, but you can have them if you want, and if they are still up there. However, leave the top biners on the chains of the Gauntlet. I don't know what condition the draws are in, as they have been up there since March, I think.
darren
By Jess
Sep 29, 2006
Hi Darren,
Thanks a lot for your offer and generosity. I have a decent stash of draws, so I'll be set for a little while. Thanks again though! My project is almost completed at The Wall Of Justice.
Later,
Jess
By Chris Cavallaro
Oct 2, 2006
Darren,
I fear that your generosity is now going to cause many other climbers to rush for that gear and claim if for themselves. I would be surprised if that has not happened already. What a bummer as these should be considered yours or for someone deserving (like Jess).
By BZD
Oct 2, 2006
I just recently had my draws stolen off Ten Digit Dialing, like in the past 4 or 5 days. Does anyone know anything that could help me get them back? I really need them. I won't be pissed off. I just want them back. Thanks.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 8, 2006
PHOTOS WANTED for NEW GUIDEBOOK!

As Sharp End Publishing is closing in on finishing my new Clear Creek Canyon guidebook, they could still use a few more climbing action photos to supplement the ones I shot.

If you have any rad photos you would like to see in the new guide, get in touch with me. The guide will be full color. Decent resolution makes files too big for email, so I would rather want them burned onto CD.

I would also need to know the names of the routes, climbers, as well as the photographers.

Can reach me at darrenmabe@yahoo.com for more details.

thank you!
Darren Mabe
By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Apr 11, 2007
Darren,

Any news on the guidebook availability yet? I don't see anything on the publisher's site yet.

Cheers,

John
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 12, 2007
John.
Thanks for your interest! I am anticipating for my book to be on the shelves in May. Keep fingers crossed! The folks at Sharpend are doing a kick ass job with the layout, graphics, etc.

Trust me, it will be well worth the wait!

-Darren Mabe
By adrenalated
From: Thornton, CO
Jul 1, 2007
Darren,

How's that guide coming? The samples I saw in Bent Gate look amazing...
By Nate Oakes
Jul 2, 2007
We encountered a rattlesnake on the approach to Wall of the 90s yesterday. I had never heard of any rattlesnakes in CCC before. Be careful!
By CalebSimpson
Jul 9, 2007
Is Cat Slab closed or not? Access Fund website doesn't say that it is, but RC.com and this site indicate that it is (or might be). Anybody know for sure? I'm trying to plan a trip (coming up from Texas). And need an are with moderates, preferably stuff 5.7 and below, because the guy I am going with is not very experienced.
By Buff Johnson
Jul 20, 2007
Caleb - Yes, access/trespassing is prohibited there currently by private property owner. Highwire & some others will offer you some moderates; Creekside is a fun crag, plus you won't get charged for a technical rescue there should something happen & you get a fun tyrol.
By ErinC
Oct 8, 2007
Does anyone know what the route on the south side of the highway just past mile marker 270 and Tunnel 1 is called, and what grade it is? It seems to be about 30 feet long and very overhung, and the approach looks to be by crossing a permanent bridge.
By Kyle P.
From: Lander, WY
Nov 25, 2007
I'm looking for information on Belleview Mountain on the West side of Idaho Springs. On the right side of Fall River Road exit off 70W there are some large walls that seem untouched. I'm wondering if anyone has claimed first ascents there, if it's public land, or if anyone has any idea what I'm talking about.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 6, 2008
"Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs" is released.

Books are on their way to the stores, for now there is a shop copy at Bent Gate and also at Neptune's.

-darren
By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Feb 10, 2008
This is what the cover of Darren's new guide looks like:

"Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs"
"Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs"
By Fred Knapp
Feb 10, 2008
You can check out sample pages of the book at sharpendbooks.com. The books are here and in local shops!
By Cheyne Lempe
From: Denver, CO
Jun 2, 2008
Can anyone tell me what wall is directly across the river from High Wire Crag?
It's slabby with hanging belays at the bottom.
Thanks!
By Mike Baetz
Jun 22, 2008
I noticed a "for sale" sign on the property upon which Catslab lies... anyone have details? Too expensive for some Access Fund intervention?
By Mike McKinnon
From: Golden, CO
Jul 3, 2008
River Wall is the wall directly across from Highwire.
By cbarker
Jul 11, 2008
Hey if anyone found a camera between High Wire and Wall of Justice, and are honest, could you please let me know. I misplaced it somehow and it has pictures of my little boy on it. Thanks for the help.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 1, 2008
Greetings, as of 7/20, there are still draws on the Gauntlet..I don't know if they are Darren's; however, we did not see a rush out to clean them off.... Anyway, I hope no one minds if others use draws left on a "project"..in actuality it makes it more attractive to try something that may be more difficult for someone if they don't have to worry about leaving their own gear on a pitch. I will further add that CCC has been a real Godsend for those of us from the Denver area who don't want to climb further North where lately there has been a lot of attitude. I say this not to bash Boulderites, but the last time my friends and I climbed in Eldo we were subjected to what amounted to some serious chest thumping...i.e. while waiting in line to do the first pitch of Rewritten, some boneheads cut in front of us and got on the first pitch of Great Zot...way we were going to take...now in their big rush to get on, they crossed the parties line whom we were waiting on.... We fully offered to kick their asses, but they seemed to ignore us? I ramble and apologize, but I really don't see any other way to get through to some people....Young Doug.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 1, 2008
Doug, I do not consider the draws I left on the Gauntlet "mine" anymore, and I decided to leave them there for everyone to use after I sent it, with the hope they will not get stolen, unless they are replaced. I am glad to hear that they are still there.

I agree that it is nice not to have the Bouldertude in Clear Creek Canyon.

Edit: Doug, what do you think of the Gauntlet? did you send it?
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 1, 2008
Yeah..Not yet!, It looks like a grunt! Perhaps I should have stated we observed them in passing. Awesome photos in your guidebook, I really like that format. We have yet to encounter any difficulty in finding any route in the Canyon. Peace Young Doug....
By Tim Kline
From: Littleton, co
Aug 7, 2008
I've heard from a couple of my climbing buddies that a new crag has been bolted somewhere down before tunnel 1, evidently Jeffco put a bridge in across the creek as well... I'm looking for some info on this, I haven't purchased Darren's book yet (probably getting it tonight or tomorrow), but if anybody has any info on this new crag I'd appreciate it!!

Thank

Tim
By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Aug 7, 2008
Here is the area you are looking for:

mountainproject.com/v/colorado...

It's fantastic.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 8, 2008
Yep. It's "The Canal Zone", and has some really nice stone, and some very good lines. Young Doug.
By Jack Crockett
Sep 19, 2008
I lost my shows on High Wire this Monday. They are black and white Evolvs size ten and a half. If anyone knows anything, let me know.

taktent@yahoo.com
By Versaceking
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 8, 2009
What I'm wondering is if an one would be able to guide me on how to get to ECHALE. I know that it is on MM268 but have yet to find it.

Thanks
By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Jun 17, 2009
I was trying to find information on a route in CCC that an old friend of mine (John Rosholt) did the FA of in the late 70's or early 80's. All I remember of it was that he said that it was directly above the East side of either tunnel 1 or tunnel 2 and that it was pretty stiff and pretty steep. I think if I saw a picture of it I would recognize it, he showed me pictures at the time.

Also, is it possible to post a map that shows location of crags relative to tunnels and distance up the canyon?
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 17, 2009
There is a map in the guidebook that has what you are looking for....
By JOhn CAmeron
From: DENVER!!!
Jul 5, 2009
I FOUND A GUIDEBOOK AT HIGH WIRE ON FRIDAY (7.3.09). if it is yours shoot me an email (jcaberglund@gmail.com) and tell me the distinguishing qualities it has, so I can get it to the right person.

Also: in the forementioned guidebook, there is a reference to the 'Maverick Boulders' does anyone know their location/ grades/ # of problems?
By Luke Childers
Jan 7, 2010
I replaced the last bolt on Twitch about one day ago and found out upon inspection on said bolt that I would really like to replace all of the lines bolts... and with out doubt replace the bolt that bares the brunt of all the big falls from the crux of the line the most.

The bolt that I 1st checked out was so rusted and worn I had to beat it lose with a wrench and my wall hammer!!!! Rust fell out of the hole, people!!! Scary!!!!!

If the community would not mind, especially Pete... if you're out there, I would like to re-bolt the whole line. All bolts would be located in the same place as the old ones and holes patched. I would replace the existing bolts with 3/8 inch 3 inch stainless steel bolts and hangers. They will be bomber folks.

I believe such an old C.C.C. classic such as "Twitch" needs this kind of attention!! Because as of now.... the bolts on this line have become, large in part, scary!!! I also think the anchors need an update as well!!!

If there are any real objections, and I mean real objections!!!... to my proposal to re-bolt please speak up now!!! I want to re-bolt A.S.A.P., so please speak your peace soon, please.

I would really like Pete as well as the community to be fully behind my re-bolting of this classic line. Thanks to all that respond.

-Luke Childers
By Doug Redosh
May 19, 2010
WARNING: The cops are out in force in CCC. I got a $170/4 point speeding ticket doing 55 mph (the speed limit is 40 mph which seems awfully slow). The cop told us that there are 4 state patrollers there every day, due to complaints about speeders.
By smallakin
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 27, 2010
Anybody know the closest camping area to Clear Creek?
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
May 27, 2010
Camping: Clear Creek RV Park

. . . then you could walk up to The Canal Zone.
By Rock Noggin
May 28, 2010
Does anyone know if Catslab is open to climbing yet? Legally, that is?
By Luke Childers
Dec 22, 2010
Yes...the Cat Slab in open and ready for action. Have fun! Great lines at this wall.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 6, 2011
Do any of the cliffs receive sun this time of year? If so times, please.

Thank you in advance.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Jan 6, 2011
A few do, Kevin.
  • Highlander gets sun all day - but can be windy.
  • Dog House gets sun from say 10 am til 3 pm?
  • Primo Wall/ Crystal Tower get sun from 10:30-2ish.
  • The "Binge side" of Creekside gets sun around the same as primo (but can be harder to get to if there is not an ice bridge).
  • Convenience Cliff gets sun most of the day... I think.
  • Also Sports Wall gets sun most of the day, say 11 am til dusk.
  • If you're looking for a hard project, Stuffed Wolf (13b) at the Higher Profile Wall gets sun in the late afternoon. This is a great time to go over there as a ice bridge normally forms for easy access.

Hope that helped.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 7, 2011
Thanks for the info.
By dweiche
May 30, 2011
My husband and I are planning a 2 month climbing trip for the summer and are considering adding Clear Creek to the list of destinations. Can someone please provide me with the 411 on the area....
How is the crowd in the summer?
Is the park dog friendly? Are the hikes dangerous for the dogs?
Is there a park fee?
By Keith H. North
From: Englewood, CO
May 30, 2011
Clear Creek Canyon is not a state park, and there is no fee to climb there. Jefferson County manages the space, I believe.

Crowds: Weekends SUCK, not going to lie. Weekdays you will be fine.
Dogs: Be respectful of the other climbers. Keep them on a leash.
Hike: There are a couple Tyrols that would probably suck for a dog, but the rest are just fine.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 31, 2011
I just wanted to add that I think it is awesome that CCC is on your destination list!
By Mikekd
From: Mammoth lakes, CA
Jun 3, 2011
Lost a jacket at Highland (gray, light wind-breaker, size M) Wednesday May 25th. Anyone happen to find it? I would greatly appreciate it if I could get it back. Climbing Karma will follow
By chipacles
Jun 19, 2011
To whoever stole my draws off Free Enterprise at Capitalist Crag:

What is wrong with you? Seriously? Stealing someone's project draws? Really? I mean, stealing is bad enough, but stealing within our community of climbers who leave stuff up, in good faith, for anyone to use? Are you that poor? Or are you just that big a dick?

You deserve the absolute worst in life. I hope you get it.
By Chip Loomis
Mar 29, 2012
Is Catslab still considered "closed"???
By Steffen
Jul 22, 2012
A friend and I are heading to the canyon for the first time and would like to obtain some beta on the area.

- What is the best guidebook for sport climbing?

- Where should we camp (preferably free & in the canyon)?

- Favorite routes in the 5.9 - 5.11 range?

Thanks.
By kipp.fo
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jul 25, 2012
LOST 7/25 black iPhone and black wallet. Please message me here or email kifollert@gmail.com. REWARD. Thanks.
By Mr. Nick
Oct 2, 2012
On 10/1/2012, I found a down jacket and a water bottle left in the Nomad Cave. Let me know the brand and color of the jacket, and I can get it back to you whenever. The only reason I didn't leave it was because someone stole the draws I left on "Squeeze Play" after I was done working it as well as one of them off of "Public Solitude." I didn't want other things to be stolen as well.
By Jay Swamidass
From: Oakland, CA
Oct 15, 2012
I found a pair of climbing shoes at Wall of Justice this Sunday. If you think they are yours, contact me with the make and size and I'll get them back to you ASAP.
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 1, 2013
Found belay device Easter Sunday, 2013. Describe it and where you left it, and I will get it back to you... otherwise, BOOTY!!!
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2013
Sorry to nitpick, but I can't help it: "more unique" - q.v. Description - is bad English.
By Andy Donson
Oct 16, 2013
Uniquer.
By Marty Wells
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 21, 2013
Has the CCC been affected at all by the recent floods?
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Oct 21, 2013
Marty, Click Colorado, scroll to comments.
By B. Smith
From: Englewood, CO
Feb 12, 2014
Does anyone know who manages the land in clear Creek Canyon. I am looking for information on guiding small groups. Thank you.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 13, 2014
^ B Smith, it is Jefferson County and Clear Creek County Open Space. JeffCo calls their part Clear Creek Canyon Park. Here is link to management plan, though no specifics on guiding.
jeffco.us/parks/recreation/cli...
By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
Feb 14, 2014
Hey B, if you are guiding in the JeffCo portion of the canyon you need to obtain a commercial use permit. I used to administer the program but no longer do. You should call the main office at 303-271-5925 and ask for Kathy DeWeese.
By Public Info Team
Mar 24, 2014
Hello, everyone.

The Peaks to Plains Trail construction team would like to alert all climbers to rockfall mitigation happening over the next 2-3 months near the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek Canyon (please see attached map for more specific locations and impacts). All mitigation work will be taking place in areas already designated as construction zones, but crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. Mitigation work may wrap up sooner than expected depending on weather and scheduling. Please direct any questions or concerns to p2ptrail@publicinfoteam.com.

Thank you,
Peaks to Plains Trail Project Public Info Team
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
By Allen Chaney
May 12, 2014
Hey, does anyone know what the routes are just below the right side of High Wire? If you cross the bridge and took the trail heading towards Twitch/New River Wall, the routes I'm talking about would be above the trail on a steep(ish) wall with a tree growing near the wall. The two steepest routes had draws hanging and looked pretty awesome.

Thanks!
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
May 12, 2014
Hey Allen, one is Twitch and the other is a project just right of that, is that what you're referring to? Send me a message and I'll give you some more info.
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
Aug 3, 2014
New CCC guidebook.
New CCC guidebook.


I just finished up the new Clear Creek Canyon guidebook, coming this October! Purchase at this link denvermountainguiding.com/Merc.... To see sample pages, check out fixedpin.com