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It Ain't Over Til It's Loose 
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Monument Canyon 

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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.

Getting There 

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.

Second Area: Around the first bend, up the hill and past the first area, look again to the right side for some obvious cracks. Here you'll find an attempted aid line with a fixed pin 10ft. off the deck. Another route starts 10ft. left of the aid route, which is finger/offwidth for 80ft.

Third Area: In the last recess of the canyon before you turn the corner and Ind. Mon. comes into view, look for a tall pillar against the back wall of the canyon. A two (maybe three) pitch nice hand crack goes up the left side of the pillar to fixed anchors at each belay.

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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'   
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Wide Load aka Route 3   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Circle, Square, and the Triangle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
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   
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'   
Monolith Spire - Dewar Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 260'   
Wizard I   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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'   
Euro Route   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Higher Mind Dynamics   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Get A Life   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 460'   
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Tony at the summit belay of Desert Solitaire (5.11, C1) in Colorado National Monument. Image by Bill Wright.

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Snake Eyes? <br />Joseffa Meir has found the tipped dice, with the last ready to tumble in Monument Canyon. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2005.
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Looking back into Monument Canyon from the base of a wall. "The Kissing Couple" is the most prominant formation in this view. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2005.
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