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Palisade 


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Elevation: 4,800'
Location: 39.1066, -108.343 View Map  Incorrect?
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Mt. Garfield.

Photo: Carol Crockett.

Description 

This is a town of ~2500 which sits approximately 12 miles east of Grand Junction (on the western slope) along the I-70 corridor. This area may be best known for its excellent climate and soil for growing Colorado grapes for the Colorado wineries. Winters here are mild; however, summers can be enervating.

Among the climbing nearby, there is the somewhat outrageous climbing of the loosish, small towers emerging from the talus located just along the interstate.

There are a couple restaurants, a grocery store, a couple breakfast bars, and, of course, The Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery (thanks, Pat).

This entry was created to match the submissions entered initially in the vicinity by one of its locals.


Getting There 

Most folks will drive here via I-70. The town can be accessed via Exit 42 (or 44). Mt Garfield (~5500') is located WNW of Palisade, just north of the interstate. G.70 road which accesses the Mt. Garfield trailhead can be accessed via exit 42 and going south and then west.


Hospital 

The closest hospital, St. Mary's, is in Grand Junction if the tower should crumble prematurely.


Question 

So, is there any decent climbing higher up on Mt. Garfield?


Climbing Season


17 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Palisade:
Bug-Eyed Monster   C1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 40'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
The Sword of Damocles.   C2+     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'   Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
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P. Ross on summit of Tom's Tallywag. It was at this point that he realized the mini spire was swaying from its base.

Tom Thumbs Tallywag C1+ X  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
If you want a thrill, this is it. This is the smallest tower anywhere. One follows nail heads for about 65' up the edge of a steep ridge to the base of the 15' "skinny" tower. A couple of aid moves to reach the summit block (3'X 18"). On the first ascent as Ross stood up on the summit, the whole spire started to sway from its base.... A very quick but careful descent then took place!! Hurry if you want a second ascent. It is advisable not to clip ones rope into any of the nails/piton on the actu...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
BETA PHOTO: Arial view of Mt Garfield. Photo Carol Crockett.
Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of beauty.
BETA PHOTO: Misty morning on Mt Garfield and the things of bea...
A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Alpha Tower. X) unclimbed.
BETA PHOTO: A) The Black Tower. B) Napolean's Toothpick. C) Al...
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By Patrick Moe
Oct 3, 2008

Don't forget about the Peach Street Distillery and the Palisade Brewery. Both worth a stop!