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This is the description for all the one-two pitch routes along the Monument Trail leading to Independence Monument. There are some nice moderate (5.8-9) trad routes here, as well as some more difficult face climbs (sport), and even some multi-pitch hand cracks. They are nice routes to finish up a day after climbing the monument.
First Area: As the Monument Trail leaves the fence and starts following the creek bed up the canyon, many one-pitch lines will come into view on the right side of the canyon. Look for a prominent right-facing dihedral and 40ft to its right, a left-facing dihedral. In between these routes are several bolted climbs. All have fixed rap anchors.
25 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monument Canyon:
Luhr's Route aka Right Dihedral 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Wide Load aka Route 3 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Route 4 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Carter Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Circle, Square, and the Triangle 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Route 2 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Egypt Rock - The Revolution Will Not be Televised 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Da Nada 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b C3- Aid, 4 pitches, 500'
Wizard I 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Monolith Spire - Dewar Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 260'
Big Foot 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Wingate Warrior 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Desert Solitaire 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c C1 Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 350'
Higher Mind Dynamics 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Euro Route 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches
Friends Can't Be Trusted 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Get A Life 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, 5 pitches, 460'
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Route 4 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Monument Canyon
The route ascends parallel cracks, an offset hand/fist splitter and a finger crack in a corner. The climbing is very 3-dimensional and there are several good rests. A great top rope variation ascends the splitter thin hands to small fingers crack through a body length pod left of the main route (5.11)....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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