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Secret Crag (aka Ridge 6)

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Bob's Arete T 
Burning Down the House S 
Completion Backword Principle S 
Eldorado Gold S 
In Plain View S 
King of Pain S 
Mind Control S 
Opus 73 T 
Peri-less Journey S 
Powder Finger S 
Riding With the King S 
Three-Stage Traverse T 
Top Down Design S 
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Secret Crag (aka Ridge 6)  

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About ten routes have been done on Secret Crag, some dating back to the '70s. This seldom visited wall is South-facing, has several quite good routes from 70 to 100 feet in length, and is composed of excellent Eldorado sandstone. Route numbering begins on the left end (West) of the crag with (#1) Mind Control (5.10+) and continues right to Eldorado Gold (#10).

The isolation of Secret Crag makes for a superb adventurous day of climbing. While most of the routes are short of 100 feet in length, some are that long and so a 60m rope is recommended. The difficulty never gets above 5.11+, and a fine bolted 5.8 was put up several years ago.

Getting There 

Starting from the trail before tunnel 3 and leading up into the woods toward Ridge 4, instead of crossing the talus field, continue uphill on the right side of the talus field. Hump up to another talus field that seems to be near the top of the hill, but not quite. The idea is to get to the West end of Secret Crag. From the West end, a third class scramble leads to the right and down on to a steep slab at he base of the routes, essentially the lower tier. This gets more exposed the further down the slab you go, so be careful getting to the routes at the far end of the crag. It can be useful to carry some camming gear for the belays, since you would not want to roll off the slab.


Lower Tier

A. Tier-A's Crack, 5, 1p, gear.
B. Short Cut, 9, 1p, TR.
C? King of Pain, 10+, 1p, 60', bolts.

Middle Tier

A. Left Headwall, 12, 1p, bolts.
B. Downclimb Gully, 4, 1p, gear.
C. Jack The Gripper, 10, 1p, TR.
D. Mind Control, 10+, 1p, 100', bolts.
E. Bob's Arete, 8+, 2p, gear.
F. Peril-less Journey, 8, 2p, bolts & gear.
G. Unknown, 11/12, 1p.
H. Burning Down the House, 11+, 1p, 90', bolts.
I. Opus 73, 10-, 1p, 85', gear.
JI. Three Stage Traverse, 6, 2p, gear.
K. Secret Agent, 10 R A0, 1-2p, gear.
L. Completion Backword Principle, 11-, 1p, bolts.
M. Project, ?, 1p, TR.
N. Top Down Design, 12-, 1p, bolts.
O. Powder Finger, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.
P. Roof, ?, 1p, bolts.
Q. Count Dracula, 10, 2p, gear.
R. Eldorado Gold, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.
S. In Plain View, 10+, 1p, 60', bolts.
T. Deep Water, 8, 1p, gear.
U. Book Of Dreams, 8, 1p, gear.
V. Promontory, 6, 1p, gear.
W. Riding With The King, 9, 2p, 130', bolts.
X. East Face, 11 R, 1p, bolt & gear.

Upper Tier

A. Dancing On The Ceiling, 12, 1p, bolts.
B. Murmur, 11, 1p, bolts.
C. Little Route, 10+, 1p, bolts & gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Secret Crag (aka Ridge 6):
Peri-less Journey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Riding With the King   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   
Mind Control   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Completion Backword Principle   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Eldorado Gold   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Eldorado Gold 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CO : Boulder : ... : Secret Crag (aka Ridge 6)
Perhaps the best line on Ridge 2, Eldorado Gold starts off in a shallow corner system just about where the slab appears to drop one off into the void. Scramble down the slab with care; staying left of the trees adds significantly to the comfort factor. The climbing starts in the corner and works its way around the corner/arete for half a dozen bolts on intricate and in-obvious moves. Pull a small roof at 65 feet on okay edges to gain a final vertical face with thin edgy moves, long r...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 9, 2006
It's Casey Jones, 11b/c. Does that sound about right for the rating? A crimpy crux low and another slightly easier one towards the top.
By Andy Logan
Nov 20, 2008
A group of friends and I were up at Secret Crag last weekend and we got on two new routes. Help with identifying them is appreciated. We stayed to the right of the boulder field and approached the crag from the lower end. About 10' before climbing onto the ramp and heading to the other routes listed on this site, there were two routes. To access them, you had to scramble up onto a ledge with a large evergreen tree. They went through a slightly overhung area and traversed left after about 15'. One then went up a right-facing dihedral to a small overhang, went left again into another right-facing dihedral and then had wild, difficult stemming to a roof and the anchors. The other went straight up a slabby section to a dihedral that is right of the one mentioned above. Difficult slab moves with pinches and gastons led to a roof and a wild jug move at the anchors. What are these routes called? What are their grades? Thanks for the help!
By Dylan Waller
From: Golden. CO
Nov 22, 2008
We ran into, I think it was Tod Anderson, two years ago putting up a couple of new routes to the right of the others. He said were in the 10ish range. They didn't have names yet and he was still cleaning them so we didn't get to climb them. Surprised to see that he didn't post them though.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 24, 2008
There's kind of a long story involved with these routes, starting with two years ago ripping my leg open on the hike in and having to get 20 stitches, and then this year shattering my heel and then getting a pulmonary embolism. Seems that place has it in for me. Crawling out of there is butt loads of fun though. I thought the left dihedral was 12a? & the right one 12b? The route around to the left on the face was about mid 11 and the other two routes further to the left were 10s, one being 2 pitches. I'm still trying to come up with an appropriate names for the routes, got any suggestions?
By Andy Logan
Dec 2, 2008
Thanks for the info, Tzilla. Those ratings sound about right. They were both great climbs. I will put some thought to the names. The left one needs to include something about the wild move out to the arete without blowing the feet. The right one is all about the desperate moves left to get into the dihedral or... slapping for what appears to be a nice bucket 3 or 4 moves from the top and finding that terrible sloper!
By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Jan 19, 2013
What is the route immediately to the right of Peri-Less Journey (and left of Burning Down the House)? It's been there at least 8 years. It has a crimpy crux at the 5th bolt and a higher crux through the roof. I have never done it clean and was with an 11b leader today who hung at both cruxes so I am guessing it's at least hard 11.
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