As you approach Rifle Arch, you will see a 500' tall, dark, varnished slab with a long diagonal roof spanning its width. It is vaguely in the shape of a giant mitten, hence the name.
After branching left of the benches, head to the base of the wall continuing left. You will pass several routes before you are force back down into talus and dirt. Keep an eye out for a faint trail leading back up to the base of the Mitten. There can be a fair amount of poison ivy in this area so use caution.
Browse More Classics in Mitten Slab
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mitten Slab:
Methane Mic 5.8 Sport, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Jimboliar 5.8 Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Ladies First 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Mitten Slab 5.10b Sport, 5 pitches, 450 feet
Featured Route For Mitten Slab
Mitten Slab 5.10b CO : Rifle : ... : Mitten Slab
P.1: (5.4) This route is (presently) the only climb on this wall, so the start should be obvious. Climb an easy slab straight up past several bolts for about 70' to a 2 bolt anchor.P.2: (5.10b) Climb easy but soft and hollow rock up to the roof and the first bolt of this pitch. Pull out the roof on much better rock (9) and angle right on a nice, varnished slab to another steep bulge. Pull this bulge on small holds and climb up to a nice ledge with a 2 bolt anchor. 60', 7 bolts, slings handy...[more] Browse More Classics in CO