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The Dungeon

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Argenine Dary Party S 
Blondes' Way T 
Diagadoigt S 
Green Varlot TR 
Heather the Leather Nun TR 
Helm Hammerhand S 
High Boltage S 
Iron Maiden, The S 
Lichen the Old County S 
Norman Rockshoes S 
Poor Mr. Bat TR 
Rack, The S 
Stocking Stuffer S 
The TR 
Whackbusher T 
Where The Wild Things Are S 
Wild America S 
Wild Kingdom S 
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The Dungeon  

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Location: 39.34998, -104.75902 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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The Dungeon can be approached from the Falls Wall Trail from the Creek Bottom Trail or from the Rim Rock Trail. Some of its walls are no more than 3 feet wide, which provides nice shade in the summer. There are two entrances--for the small person, you can squeeze through a small crack on the West face outside the dungeon (see Steebos' Cousin). Or a passage way on the North end (see The Iron Maiden photo) leads into your dark, dismal, doom....

Getting There 

This is located at the North end of West Rim.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dungeon:
Norman Rockshoes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
High Boltage   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Iron Maiden   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Helm Hammerhand   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Lichen the Old County   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Rack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Where The Wild Things Are   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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The Rack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : Denver South : ... : The Dungeon
Start on the left-facing flake and move straight up to some small horizontal breaks. It has good, powerful moves to start, then balance and crimping take over to the anchors. It is a nice route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By spdqbr
From: Aurora, CO
Mar 24, 2015
Visited The Dungeon last weekend and noticed a lot of the climbs only appeared to have hangers at the top. This made our group hesitant to climb them as we didn't feel comfortable rapping directly of the hangers. Does anyone know if these are rap hangers?

Also, I'd be happy to go back and leave some mallions for rapping as long as that wouldn't be stepping on anyone's toes.
By Aaron Shupp
Feb 18, 2002
Walking towards the Dungeon from Falls Wall, there is a crevase that can be found along the canyon rim. A few easy chimney moves drop you into a windy passage way that eventually opens up into The Dungeon.
By Aaron Shupp
Feb 18, 2002
By the way, be sure to tar and feather those nasty savages who keep breaking glass bottles all over the Dungeon.
By Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
Nov 23, 2002
This is a great place to practice Yugoslavian spire-jumping.
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 2, 2004
Amen to the comment about the people breaking the bottles. I could have had sutures had I not been paying attention on this route. I cleaned as best I could while hanging out. Robb
By Tom Hanson
Mar 30, 2007
The Dungeon is not located on the north end of the west rim as stated by Ben in the original Dungeon description from 2001.
The Dungeon is located just north of the western-most projection of the east rim, near the middle of the entire east rim.
It is just north of The Falls Wall on the EAST rim.
By meier.dh
May 31, 2011
Does anyone know GPS coordinates to The Dungeon? I'm thinking about walking in from Franktown and camping in The Dungeon but don't want to hike more than 5 miles. thanks
By Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
Jun 1, 2011

Here, but it already has several trolls living down in there. And I have a family of Tanzmanians guarding our meth lab, too.
By Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
Jul 10, 2011
This is a good place for Summer workouts (most of the routes are hard) for Douglas and Arapahoe County residents when you don't have a long day for the real destinations. The actual best approach is by first getting to 9 Lives Arete on the East side of the creek, then trending southeast uphill, making sure you aim for each distant boulder you can see. By going from boulder to boulder, it will lead you the Westernmost point of the Dungeon area, follow the trail/walls east over the big dead tree. You also pass a ton of good bouldering this way.
By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
Jul 26, 2012
Helm Hammerhand, near the left (N) end: Loc: 39˚21.015'N 104˚45.525'W
Lichen the Old Country, near the right (S) end: Loc: 39˚20.983'N 104˚45.566'W Alt:6540'

The most reliable and easiest (though maybe not the shortest) way to get to the Dungeon is to park by the homestead ruins (the first lot encountered when entering from the north) and take the trail which leads across the bridge and up to the eastern rim. Take the trail until you are above one the Dungeon and find the route you want and rappel in.
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