The North Wall stays shaded all day, which makes it the perfect escape from the summer heat. Routes range from 5.10b to 5.Hard, but most climbers will be drawn to the large number of excellent 5.11- climbs. The wall is surrounded by large pine trees, making this a nice cool setting. The rock here is generally quite good, with clean vertical panels of gray, Rifle-esque limestone.
Two roads access the canyon, one on each side of the creek. For the North Wall, follow the West road, which deadends just below The Prow. From the last pullout before the end of the road, follow a good trail west towards the Prow, across an improvised footbridge that crosses the west fork of the creek. The trail forks just under the Prow. Take the left fork to access the Prow routes; the right fork leads you to the North Wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Wall:
Rafting with Rednecks (aka "Test") 5.10c Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Graspin' for Straw 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Uckfay Ushbay 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Tears 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Pineapple Thunderpussy 5.11b Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Blood 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
The Bush League 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Featured Route For North Wall
The Bush League 5.12a CO : Eagle/Vail/Leadville : ... : North Wall
The Bush League climbs like two routes in one. It starts with good holds on a vertical wall that disappear just before the fourth bolt. One or two hard moves leads to a large ledge. It is possible to camp here, so you might want to bring a chair and six pack to enjoy the scenery while you recover fully.Set off up an overhanging face with jugs to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CO