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The Crystal Tower 

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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.

Getting There 

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.


A. Project, ?, 1p?
B. Mineral Museum, 9+, 75', 1p, bolts.
C. Quartz Sports, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
D. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, bolts.
E. Skippin' Stones, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
F. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
G. Cornered Again, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. Crystallize, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
I? Unknown, 1p, bolts.

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Crystal Tower:
Mineral Museum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Cornered Again   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Skippin' Stones   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Quartz Sports   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hot Rocks   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Kevin on Skippin' Stones.

Skippin' Stones 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a  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

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Tyrol'n ain't easy! Haha - the way back is harder than going across the creek.
Tyrol'n ain't easy! Haha - the way back is harder ...
Kevin going across.
Kevin going across.
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From: Front Range, CO
Jun 26, 2008

One of the ropes on Tyrolean Traverse needs to be replaced.

By GabeO
From: Denver, CO
Jun 13, 2012

As of 6/12/12, both ropes on the tyrol looked in decent shape, but one was sagging a fair bit, so I tightened it up.