The Crystal Tower is substantially taller than Primo and presently hosts seven fine climbs including the best moderate warm-up in the area. The rock is typical of Clear Creek Canyon with none of the occasional soft rock found in some places. A bit of pegmatite can be found here and there on most routes. Presently, all of the routes can be done with a 60 m rope.
From The Primo Wall, just continue hiking East. The Crystal Tower is approximately 100 feet East of the last routes on Primo Wall just after a grassy drainage. There is frequently a Tyrolean Traverse set up just below The Crystal Tower. Unfortunately, like most Clear Creek Tyroleans, those that access Primo, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and the new crag above The Armory - are frequently chopped. So, approach The Crystal Tower as you would for Primo, via the long hike from the bridge or via the Tyrolean. One can usually see the Tyrolean from the parking across the river from Primo.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Crystal Tower:
Mineral Museum 5.9+ Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Cornered Again 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Skippin' Stones 5.11b/c Sport, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Quartz Sports 5.12b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Crystallize 5.12c Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
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Skippin' Stones 5.11b/c CO : Golden : ... : The Crystal Tower
Skippin' Stones starts just right of Quartz Sports on a nice face below a large-ish overhang. The whole route is easier than it looks. Follow 5 bolts up the face (5.9) to a good shake under the 45 degree roof. Get started under the roof and twist through the crux at bolt 7. Use some monstrous jugs to finish the overhang (.10) and hit the anchor.This route features a high concentration of steel (more bolts than I usually place, especially through the roof...), so it feels super s...[more] Browse More Classics in CO