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Description 

This area includes everything on Eldorado Mountain, which is South of Eldorado Canyon. The most recognizable rock is the Mickey Mouse Ears on Mickey Mouse Wall. Rossiter's new Eldo book lists many more recently developed crags on this hill.

The ridges are numbers left to right (south to north) here. Some guidebooks have listed the ridges from right to left (north to south), so there is potential for confusion.

There is a lot of poison ivy in the area. If you are sensitive, watch out for it.

Some of the bolting here involves use of atypical or homemade hangers. Some of the bolts have been shot at by irritated landowners. Use caution.


Getting There 

There are many approaches. To reach Mickey Mouse Wall, take the road to Eldo, but go right before you get into the town, turn left on a paved road up to a small parking lot. The access road continues from here, but you must hike along this road to an indistinctive trail that crosses a meadow, and follows the stream up to the RR tracks. Hike the talus field to the towers. A better description is in order here, but this is a place that is best found with someone who has already been there.

Crossing onto railroad property is trespassing. They will confront you if you do so.


114 Total Routes


['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',41],['2 Stars',38],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',13],['5.10',23],['5.11',33],['5.12',23],['5.13',11],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eldorado Mountain:
Green Dihedral   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Mickey Mouse Wall
Perversion   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Parallel Journey   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Captain Beyond   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Mickey Mouse Wall
Asahi   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Beagle's Ear   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Lifestream   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 230'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Perilous Journey   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c X     TR, 1 pitch   Mickey Mouse Wall
The Fornicator   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ridge 1
Vergin' on Perversion   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a R     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Mighty Mouse   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mickey Mouse Wall
Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Ridge 4
The Adultress   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Ridge 1
Soul Train   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Industrial Wall
Red Dihedral   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b R     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   Mickey Mouse Wall
Occupied Territory   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ridge 4
Tunnel Vision   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Industrial Wall
T.G.V.   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Industrial Wall
Terminal Velocity   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Industrial Wall
Rogue   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Industrial Wall
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The reach at the second bolt on the arÍte (5th bolt overall). Photo by Lenny Miller.

Vergin' on Perversion 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a CO : Boulder : ... : Mickey Mouse Wall
Vergin' on Perversion climbs the arete just right of the obvious Perversion dihedral system. The line is a bit contrived in places, but the rock and climbing is brillant. Two or three stars for the first three pitches for sure.P1: Scramble up and left on some ledges and start up a thin crack with two or three bolts. About 50' up you can step right, following a line of bolts around the arete. Belay on an obvious ledge at a single bolt and some gear. 110' 5.11a.P2: C...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Eldorado Mountain Slideshow Add Photo
BH on FA of the Golden Nugget's west side.
BH on FA of the Golden Nugget's west side.
Eldo Mtn. as seen from the air. You can clearly see the north face of The Bastille, although the sun was obscured by the sun on this cold and windy day. Not the best light, but you take what you can get when getting a free plane ride over Boulder. - Thanks, Rick, for the ride!
Eldo Mtn. as seen from the air. You can clearly se...
Southeast Flank of Eldorado Mountain, showing Ridges 1-4 and Secret Crag.
BETA PHOTO: Southeast Flank of Eldorado Mountain, showing Ridg...
Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. View from Eldorado Mountain.
Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. View from Eldor...
Train on Eldorado Mountain.
Train on Eldorado Mountain.
Ridge numbering on this website.
Ridge numbering on this website.
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By Dave Brower
From: cs co
Oct 19, 2002

The local wingnut with the gun (Bill Schuller) sold the place to Pinnaclecommunications Inc. I work up there often and have been climbing on the convenient bouldering areas near the road ("Cloud Nine" area, etc.) since the early '90s. I rarely see old Bill around anymore, but I've seen him once in a while putting around the place, so be careful, he still acts like he owns the place... he has about 2 years left before he should be gone completley. He told me once that he "likes to shoot the bolts out of the rock with his gun".

By Tod Anderson
Jan 27, 2004

It is important to be discrete when accessing the Wild West/West Bank or Mickey Mouse from the Plainview area. First, don't park at the Plainview railroad crossing. This is because it is a lot more obvious to sensitive residents that you are in the area and painfully obvious that you are walking on the tracks. It is much better to park a couple of hundred yards below the crossing on the last left hand switchback and walk due west through the Open Space to access the tracks beyond the maintenance yard and out of sight. It's also less obvious that you're climbing as a lot of people come to this area to walk their dogs along the roadway, etc.

Second, don't walk through the tunnel to get to the West Bank, Ridge One, etc. A well marked trail leads around the tunnel and it only takes about five minutes more than walking through the tunnel. This track has a lot more traffic than in years past with sometimes several trains per hour. There have been a lot of problems here before, so keep a low profile.

By Anonymous Coward
Aug 18, 2004

I love hikin' through those tunnels. It makes the day. Especially when you space out and step on a decapitated skunk or railroad grease. So good!!!!!