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Andrew near the top of the 5.10 lieback crack.

Description 

This is a great location above the Piedra River. So far, only a handful of routes. This place has tons of potential though (hoping to motivate the locals) 1 nice steep lieback crack (5.10), 2 (5.10-11) face sport climbs, 5.9 corner system, and bolted arete (5.10). Eds. apparently, this description is about the East Side.

Sorry I don't know any names or FAs. Rap in about 100 feet to anchors on the face. The lower face is pretty chossy- ought to be cleaned up and linked with routes above for 140 foot routes.

Be very wary of poison ivy in the summer in the lower Piedra area near the creek.


Getting There 

This is North of Pagosa Springs on CR 631 (Piedra Rd.) about 0.5 miles before the bridge. Hike down the bluff. This place is absolutely gorgeous!


Note 

Eds. this area was moved to Pagosa Springs. Thanks!


62 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',7],['5.10',11],['5.11',9],['5.12',7],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',9],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',2],['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 Piedra River:
Thunder Will   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Piedra River - Lower West
Taster's Choice   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Piedra River - Lower West
Emotionally Involved   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Piedra River - Lower West
Nescafe   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Piedra River - Lower West
Lightning Crashes   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Piedra River - Lower West
Different Strokes   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Piedra River - Lower West
First Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Piedra River - Lower West
F***in' Greenies   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Piedra River - Lower West
Hopstacle Course   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Piedra River - Lower West
Mild Hops   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Piedra River - Lower West
Cattle Drive   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Piedra River - Lower West
Van Gogh's   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Piedra River - Lower West
Black Magic Spell   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Piedra River - Lower West
Winning Streak   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Piedra River - Lower West
Hollow Excuse   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Piedra River - Lower West
Smokin' Stems   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Piedra River - Lower West
Refuse To Suffer   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Piedra River - Lower West
Raising Awareness   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Piedra River - Lower West
Southern Cross   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Piedra River - Lower West
Wild Hops   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Piedra River - Lower West
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Featured Route For Piedra River
THE HOPS WALL: <br />A. Tasters Choice, 5.9. <br />B. Nescafe, 5.9. <br />C. Mild Hops, 5.10. <br />D. The Hops Vine. <br />E. Wild Hops, 5.12-. <br />F. Van Gogh's, 5.10+.

Taster's Choice 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CO : Pagosa Springs : ... : Piedra River - Lower West
This is an excellent, sustained 5.9 face climb. The route gives you a taste of the style of climbing on the high quality rock of Hops Wall....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Piedra River Slideshow Add Photo
S. Price trying to beat the rain to the truck.
S. Price trying to beat the rain to the truck.
The beautifull surroundings of the Piedra River during FA of Raising Awareness.
BETA PHOTO: The beautifull surroundings of the Piedra River du...
Fall colors along the Piedra River. Gorgeous. Late September 2011.
Fall colors along the Piedra River. Gorgeous. Late...
View from the east rim. <br /> <br />A) Raising Awareness  <br />   (5.12a/b). <br />B) Winning Streak (5.11c). <br />C) Van Gogh's (5.10+). <br />D) Eastern Pleasures (5.11+).
BETA PHOTO: View from the east rim.

A) Raising Awareness
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Toner Mtn. from the trail on the way out.
Toner Mtn. from the trail on the way out.
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By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jul 16, 2008

If you drive down to the river/bridge, a trail takes you downstream where the upper walls are exposed, the solid portion, and there are a few sport and trad routes on the west side of the canyon.

By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Jun 24, 2010

I think the map designation for the turn is named Dead Man's curve. Awesome fishing too if you're an angler.

By s.price
From: PS,CO
Dec 1, 2010

The bridge is 14 miles from the Piedra Road/County Rd.600-CO Hwy 160 junction.

By s.price
From: PS,CO
Dec 29, 2010

On virtually all routes in the canyon, you will find a long stickclip handy.

By Riley Evans
Aug 24, 2011

Does anyone know where I may find a guidebook to this location?

By issac overright
From: Farmington NM
Mar 27, 2012

Does anyone know if this area will be climb able by next weekend (i.e. free of snow)?

By rockhill
Jul 20, 2013

Looking for partners. I am living in old town Pagosa. Hit me up! Love to climb anything.

By JarrodWatson1
Aug 19, 2013

@Rockhill - Looking for partners? - My wife and I will be in the area from August 23-27. We will be climbing for at least one if not two days do not know which days yet. Send me a message if you will be around or anyone else who wants to climb.

By Chris Cavallaro
Oct 10, 2013

Can any of these routes in any areas around Pagosa Spring be TR'd; read, walk around top and throw rope down. Specifically the moderates.

Any information much appreciated.

By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Oct 30, 2013

After climbing here since the early 2000s, I have to say this area has seen some great development in the past few years. Some very quality routes have been put in with great hardware, and the poison ivy is no longer the issue it once was. Pretty much all routes are accessible to both lead and top rope climbers. The handful of developers who have done this deserve props for sure!