|The Grocery Store Walls
The Grocery Store Walls are among the most popular climbs in the canyon due to the short hike. Top roping access can be found at various places along the wall (depending on how easy of a climb you're comfortable with). Some locations are just North of the Banana Tower (4th class), or at the very North end of the wall to the right of Gorilla Milk (easier 4th class), or to the South are some 4th class access areas.
A. Hot Tuna/Tuna Help, 9+, 1p, gear.
B. Hamburger Helper, 10, 1p, 50', TR.
C. Hamburger, 10, 1p, 50', gear.
D. Cactus Flower, 10, 1p, 40', TR.
E. Shake and Bake, 11, 1p, 25', TR.
F. Pushing Buttons, 10+, 1p, 30', TR.
G. Petrified Turd, 8, 1p, gear.
H. Hot Fudge, 8, 1p, 40', gear.
I. Donut Hole, 11, 1p, 40', TR or gear.
JI. Hot Fudge Variation, 10, 1p, 40', TR.
K. Fudge Face, 10, 1p, 40', TR.
L. Peaches and Scream, 6, 1p, 40', gear.
M. Zucchini, 5, 1p, gear.
N. What's Homogenized? aka Peppermint Patty, 11, 1p, TR.
O. Rat's Nest, 8+, 1p, 40', gear.
P. Tortilla Flats, 9+, 1p, 50', gear.
Q. Pretzel Logic, 11, 1p, 50', TR.
R. You Name It, 12-, 1p, 50', TR.
S. Licorice Stick, 9, 1p, gear.
T. Gatoraide, 12+ or A0, 1p, 40', bolts? TR.
T. Bozo No No, 11-, 1p, 45', bolts.
U. Rain Dance Crack, 10-, 1p, 40', gear or TR.
VU. Rain Dance, 9+, 1p, 40', gear or TR.
W. Frosted Flakes, 9, 1p, 40', TR.
X. Caramel Corner, 5, 1p, 45', gear.
Y. Caramel Corner Layback, 5, 1p, 40', gear.
Z. Blood Pudding, 9+, 1p, 40', TR.
AA. 5.10, 10+, 1p, 40', TR.
BB. The Scoop, 11, 1p, 40', TR.
CC. Teething Biscuit, 10-, 1p, 40', TR.
DD. Banana Split Chimney, 4, 1p, 40', gear.
EE. Banana Peel, 9, 1p, 40', TR.
FF. Banana Shake, 9, 1p, 40', TR.
GG. Banana Flip, 6, 1p, 40', TR.
HH. Rainbow Bread, 9, 1p, 40', TR.
II. Pecan Pie, 9-, 1p, 40', TR.
JJ. Boulder problem.
KK. Pie In The Sky, 10+, 1p, 45', TR.
LL. Franktown Brewery, 5, 1p, 40', TR.
MM. Strawberry Jam, 5, 1p, 40', gear.
NN. Gorilla Milk Direct, 9-, 1p, 40', TR.
OO. Gorilla Milk, 8-, 1p, 40', TR.
PP. Crack, 5, 1p.
QQ, Crack, 6, 1p.
RR. Crack, 3, 1p.
SS. Crack, 2, 1p.
From the West entrance, park at the first lot after the Homestead lot. Take the trail to the West and hike a whole 5 minutes to the base. The first climbs you'll come to are Fudge Face, Donut Hole, etc.
38 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grocery Store Walls:
Hot Fudge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Bozo No No 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Donut Hole 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR, 1 pitch, 40'
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Hot Fudge (variation) 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO
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As Hot Fudge is generally described as a traverse from under Donut Hole, this line runs from directly under the crack. There are one or two nice jugs at the start which lead into a very small pinch and a great lunge to the left. That is definitely the crux and makes this line significantly harder. This then leads into the Hot Fudge crack, which I would rate an 8-. Nice climb. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
Rapping off the Banana Tower.
Rainbow Bread, Grocery Store Walls.
Photo by Blitzo.
Me approaching the crux moves on Bozo No No.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Apr 8, 2002
There is one classic sport route at the north end called Bozo No No. The Castlewood 11a testpiece.
|By Shawn Shannon|
From: Everett, WA
Apr 18, 2004
Regarding the Banana routes, hat's off to those that make the jump to the anchors.
For those that don't know there are three beautiful anchors on top of the Banana. However, to get there you have to make a short jump from a downward sloping rock side to a fairly narrow top. Definitely doable but not for the faint hearted.
|By Jordan Kidd|
Apr 19, 2004
The Banana route anchors can be safely reached with a quick belay off the other anchors in the area. Or, one can put one step across to the tower and clip into the anchors quickly.
|By Robb Frossard|
Sep 16, 2005
The anchors can be reached by planting a number three [Camalot] equalized with a number five Trango Flexcam under the lip to your left as you look at the top of Banana Tower and using a piece of webbing tied to an [appropriate] length for safety if you are up there alone setting the toprope. A note here, the "jump" to the top of the tower is actually a step for an average height guy just don't trip when you hit the tower :) Getting back is the easy part. Climb on!
|By Old and Busted|
From: Centennial, CO
Sep 25, 2005
It's really only about a 42" gap, most adults can step over. The hop over at The Dungeon is worse but still doable.
|By Tom Hanson|
Sep 28, 2005
Many of the top anchors at Grocery Store Walls have, or will be, replaced. There is a very generous young lad who has obtained a special use permit with the state park to replace many of the antiquated bolts as part of his Eagle Scout Project. I will update the guide once all of the new bolts are in.
|By Jon Zucco|
From: Denver, CO
Nov 13, 2008
...and when will that be...?
P.S. Bozo No no needs a more secure first bolt....
and to the reach the top of the Banana Tower you can easily jump or anchor the tree that's like 5 or 10 feet away.
Feb 28, 2010
I helped Matt replace several of the top anchor bolts during the summer of 2006. At the time, all the bolts on Bozo No No were in great shape.
A few years of extensive use and frost wedging could have changed things though.
Sep 16, 2010
There are some really nice easy TRs on some cracked faces about 50-75' right of Gorilla Milk, etc. Has anybody bothered to name/grade/document these? They are not in the Hanson's guide, '99 revision.
|By Drew DeMarie|
Aug 14, 2011
Lost a Men's Wedding Ring at Grocery Store Wall on Thursday August 12, 2011. Most likely near Blood Pudding or Gorilla's Milk Direct. Any help is appreciated. Please email email@example.com. Thanks.
Aug 11, 2013
Found on 8/9/2013: near the Grocery Store routes, a blue Black Diamond Half Dome helmet. If you can tell me the initials on it, it's yours! 720-563-7619.
|By Logan Adkins|
Nov 1, 2013
Is the fee per person or per car?
What is the hike to the Grocery Store Walls all about?
and any recommended trad routes for a beginner trad leader? Thanks
|By Old and Busted|
From: Centennial, CO
Nov 3, 2013
Fee is $7 per unit, be it a car or walk in which no one does.
Grocery Store trail is 10 minutes, easy.
There are some easy 'trad' lines south of the G Store area, Licorice Stick tends to intimidate beginning leaders but is not really all that hard.
But I don't think driving here from Avon is worth it, unless you have parents or something nearby which brings you to the South Metro.