The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.
Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).
Browse More Classics in Lower Tier
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Tier:
The Silver Surfer 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Hawaii Five-0 5.11+ Sport, 1 pitch, 110 feet
Surf Boy 5.12c Sport, 1 pitch, 110 feet
Hawaiian Two-Foot (aka "Hawaiian Tufa") 5.13a Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Chicken Soup 5.13b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Procession 5.13b Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Music for the Dead 5.13b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Ants In My Pants 5.13c Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Cemetery Gates 5.13d Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Featured Route For Lower Tier
This is the left of the two face/slab routes on the big, sunny wall between the the Lower Tier and the Skull Cave. The wall faces slightly downcanyon and bakes in full sun from about noon onward, so get here early!From the parking, scramble up and left through loose scree to a ledge system at the base of the wall. You can either station yourself on a lower ledge (plenty wide, but no anchors), or have your belayer scramble up with you to a higher, smaller ledge with a one-bolt anchor. In either c...[more] Browse More Classics in CO