BETA PHOTO: The Terraphile and current routes from the road.
Terraphile is the small slab jutting up from the valley bottom below the Acrophile. The rock faces NW and stays shaded until the afternoon.
The routes here are good for a sport climber breaking into trad. They require a few pieces of gear, but most cruxes are bolt protected.
Park at the old picnic area between mile markers 25 and 26. The pullout is on a sharp right turn (when driving up-canyon).
The routes can easily be previewed by walking back up to the road. This would be a roadside crag except for the creek crossing!
Just downstream from the parking is the easiest spot to wade the river (in the entire canyon). We've crossed here even when the rest of the creek was way too sketchy. Aim for a large boulder in the water on the other side. Find a faint trail that leads through vegetation to the climbing.
The creek can also be crossed (in low water) by boulder hopping just upstream from the parking.
Poison ivy has not been spotted here or on the approach, except if you cross upstream at the boulders.
Slither up the easy chimney/corner and onto the face above. Snake along the leftmost weakness past 4 bolts, and sidewind right past a small roof to shared anchors.The climbing is well protected and sequential!...[more]Browse More Classics in CO