BETA PHOTO: The Hawaiian Wall at Rifle Mountain Park.
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.
The left sector sits directly above the parking area, and has two routes facing the road (scramble up onto a ledge to start). The right sector is back along a litte trail leading into the trees and faces downcanyon (west-ish). The Lower Tier is one of the sunniest crags in Rifle -- if you're trying these routes in the summer, you'll have until about 1 pm until the sun comes around.
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).
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Eulogy 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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Eulogy 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
: Lower Tier
This climb is on you the moment you step off the ground. You will encounter bouldery moves and technical thought provoking problem solving. I watched several good climbers work this out, and everyone seems to have different cruxes regardless of height and geometry. Once you gain the lip at the top, enjoy easy climbing up the arête to the chains....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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By dnoB ekiM
5 days ago
Anyone know what the route just left of Eulogy is (starts in grey corner)?
By Jerad Friedrichs
From: Colorado Springs
2 days ago
It is a 12c called Rigor Mortis. Go get it!