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Ouray vicinity (rock)

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Camp Bird Mine Rd/Mountain Rescue Cache Crag 
Colby's Corner (Ridgway) 
Engineer Pass Crag 
Le Petit Verdon 
Misfits Wall, The 
Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall 
Overlook Cliff 
Pool Wall, The 
Randall's Badger Sanctuary aka Spider Den 
Ridgway Dike Wall 
Ridgway State Park 
Secret Stash, The 
Slab of Despair 
Technicolor Wall aka Techno Crag 
Waterfall Wall 

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Ouray vicinity (rock) 


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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 38.0231, -107.672 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

All aspects, and all weather conditions abound. Seasonal at some areas, crowded at times. Several different types of rock in the area supply the ADHD climber with some options. Easy to hard climbing with loads of potential.

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Getting There 

MapQuest Ouray to get here, then go see Bill Leo at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main St. (US Hwy 550) for beta. This locale is located between Montrose & Durango.


134 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',63],['2 Stars',54],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',4],['5.8',9],['5.9',14],['5.10',29],['5.11',44],['5.12',24],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ouray vicinity (rock):
Dipthong   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Princess Ella's Magical Adventure   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 270'   Waterfall Wall
Past Tense   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Pool Wall
Groove Tube   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Pool Wall
The Front Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall
Dangling Participle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Princess Ella`s Happy Ending   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Waterfall Wall
California Stars   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   The Pool Wall
8,9,10   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall
Chip Shot / Cheap Shot   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall
Pleasing the Masses   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Just Another Roadside Attraction   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Camp Bird Mine Rd/Mountain ...
Chia Pet   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Overlook Cliff
Lunch Bucket A.K.A. Romper Room   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Pool Wall
El Sueno   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Waterfall Wall
Ze Boom Boom Room   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall
Overlooked   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Overlook Cliff
Out of Pocket   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
Svengali   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Pool Wall
Dark Continent   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall
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Featured Route For Ouray vicinity (rock)
Start off grey ledge and stays to left side of roof into small dihedral at the top.

Bay of Pigs 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : The Pool Wall
Start off ledge 25 feet up. It is one route to the left of Gay Rodeo. A hard high step at first bolt leads to easier ground, which stays to the left side of the roof. The redpoint crux is at the last 2-3 bolts with tricky dihedral climbing to a good hold....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Ouray vicinity (rock) Slideshow Add Photo
Going down instead of up for a change. Nathan descending a small fall in the middle section of Oak Creek.
Going down instead of up for a change. Nathan desc...
There's more to Ouray than climbing, check out the canyons!
There's more to Ouray than climbing, check out the...
Lower Angel Creek, Ouray, CO. Beautiful side trip!
Lower Angel Creek, Ouray, CO. Beautiful side trip!
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By Jason Nelson
From: SLC, UT
Apr 24, 2007

Ouray has over 150 routes (as of 4/2007) on 6 different rock types (limestone, quartzite, welded tuff/volcanic ash, Cutler sandstone, and a metamorphic sandstone). There is a guidebook available at Ouray Mountain Sports (www.ouraysports.com). Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, but some are trad and some are a mix of bolts and gear. The majority of the climbs are in the 5.11 and 5.12 range, but more and more of all types of routes are being established. Generally the routes are technical in nature, but there are a few pumpy ones to be found as well. Rock climbing season is at its best in the summer when it's too hot everywhere else, but it can be possible to climb rock on a warm sunny day midwinter. You just might be post-holing to get the climbs. Fortunately, they are not far from the car. Approaches are usually less than 25 minutes.

By Jim Donini
Sep 12, 2007

Too bad that the only climbs you have listed for the Pool Wall are the ones in the alcove. Except for The Groove and the Boom Boom Room the alcove routes suck compared to the main wall area. There are 80 routes (75 sport) and most of them are excellent. There are also several other venues in the area on three types of rock- metamorphised sandstone, quartzite and limestone. Good climbing with different sun exposures and no crowds. Jason Nelson's guide is available at Ouray Mountain Sports. Enjoy!

By TRtourer
Mar 8, 2009

Yeah, the alcove sucks. Keep on walking to the main walls for the good climbing. Don't know why anyone would want to climb in the bottom of a rockslide zone anyway....

By Bryan Gilmore
From: Your Mama
Jun 24, 2012

Hey, JD and TRtourer... instead of bitching, just add the good routes you know of. We'd all appreciate it.

By S.Mckinna
From: Durango, CO
Jul 24, 2012

Is there a guide book still in print? What's the name of it? I looked for one a month ago with no luck.

By Fleetwood Matt
Jul 25, 2012

Jason just put out a new version of his guidebook (July 2012). Bill has 'em at Ouray Mountain Sports.