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Submitted By: Thor Kieser on Oct 26, 2012
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This area is on the south side of Clear Creek river just west of the CO 119/US 6 between the junction and tunnel 5. I put two short, pumpy routes (six clips) in a few years ago, and there is potential for several more.

Getting There 

About 100 to 200 yards past the junction, there is a small pullout on the south side of the road. Pull up behind a guard rail, there is only room for one car. A pleasant 10 minute walk west along the river will get you to the cliff. The cliff is on the river bank.


There are ticks in this area.

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Systemic Risk 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  CO : Golden : ... : The Fiscal Cliff
Ths is the first route you come to on this steep, short wall. It has slopey and technical climbing, fixed biners for lowering at the anchor, about six clips, I don't remember exactly. Probably you'll find the route to still be a bit chossy, but all major cleaning has been completed....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 26, 2012

I have wondered whose routes those were! This is practically below the Mourning Glory crag near the creek and just past where you would start trudging up the hill to Mourning Glory.

There is potential for quite a bit of new stuff all over this area....

Approach to Mourning Glory. Park before the bridge (0.2 miles) after turning at the Y junction.
Approach to Mourning Glory. Park before the bridge (0.2 miles) after turning at the Y junction.

By Geoff U
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
May 13, 2013

This is a really neat area - definitely a lot of potential remaining, even for a few long pitches. Still cleaning up though - pulled off a considerable amount of rock when was here. Also, ticks in the area. A plus though is we stayed dry when it was raining.