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Morning Sun Wall

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Diagonal Crack T 
Five Seven Crack T 
Gun Control S 
Lowly Morning 
Magician's Apprentice S,TR 
Marijuana S 
Millard Filmore Memorial, The T,TR 
Morning Glory S 
Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing S 
Pointillist S,TR 
Renaissance S,TR 
Rising Sun S,TR 
Super Chunk 
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Morning Sun Wall  

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This area has mid-length routes (for CWC). There are sport routes in the range of 10c-12a, some topropes, and a few trad lines.

Getting There 

The next crag on the West rim past the Cave Wall to the South. Take the Cave trail, and hike South until you see a large roof at the top of the wall. This is the start of Morning Sun Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Morning Sun Wall:
Marijuana   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pointillist   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Morning Glory   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Magician's Apprentice   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Renaissance   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Morning Sun Wall

Five Seven Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Denver South : ... : Morning Sun Wall
Left of a smooth wall at the middle of the Morning Sun Wall is a series of cracks and flakes that makes an interesting lead. Start off on the smooth wall under the climb and surmount a ledge. There are a few harder unprotectable face climbing moves right off the deck if you take a direct start. Otherwise you could start on the first shelf and traverse to the climb. There are several old, manky, hangerless bolts along the climb. Follow the cracks and flakes up taking whatever line you choo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Darin Lang
Apr 30, 2002
An easier approach is to park at the Falls trailhead, and hike a short, good trail straight west.
By Greg
From: Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 29, 2007
As mentioned previously the Falls Trailhead parking lot is the last lot on the left as you enter from the canyon from the route 86 entrance. There is a sign that says " No parking beyond this point" right there on the road. Park, then walk across the road to the trail sign and head up.

It's a lot easier to park here than at the Grocery Store Wall and walk over.
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 13, 2007
Marijuana, Magician's Apprentice and Pointillist all have regular bolts atop them. For descent, you must top out and either walk down or rap off the bolts with quicklinks atop Renaissance. Most of the routes here (including Morning Glory around the corner) have high first bolts (at 5'10" I couldn't reach any of them) with an overhang or dicey section to start with. I would recommend bringing or rigging up a stickclip for those you don't feel comfortable with the moves or quality of rock (I pinged off a pebble at the very start of Renaissance, directly in the climb/bolt line....)
By Tom Hanson
Aug 12, 2008
David, I haven't checked my pack yet, but if the shoe you found was a red 5-10 Coyote, I dibs.

On another note. In my opinion, Pointillist is definitely not on a par with the three routes to its left. I wish I never bolted that one because, in hindsite, I think it is a poor line. Bees even further diminish a crappy line.
I'll give five stars to the three sport lines to the left though.
By David Hodges
From: Parker, Colorado
Aug 12, 2008
Tom, It wasn't a 5.10 shoe. When we were at the wall some climbers came down the trail and it must have been them since the shoe was right on the trail it looks like it just fell out of a pack. It's really pretty useless to me since it's not my size.

On another note, nice job with the morning sun wall, I will periodically go here and lap routes. This was my first attempt on Pointillist since I think last time I was on it the first bolt was missing or something like that. Thanks for the other 3 lines, Renaissance is such a beautiful line, the crux, (for me), is so thin and the movement is just wonderful.
By Tom Hanson
Mar 9, 2010
Morning Sun Wall is closed to climbing March, April, May, June and July 2010.