The Wet Mountains are a hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boasting steep sport granite and multi-pitch trad climbing. During the winter months ice climbing is also possible.
The most popular area is Tanner Dome in the Oak Creek area. Tanner Dome, not be confused with Tanner Rock (Raven Buttress) which is also in the Wet Mountains but at Hardscrabble Pass, contains an assortment of quality routes on South Platte like rock. Most routes are one to three pitch bolted sport routes, with only one few trad lines. During the winter the area can be sheltered from winds and pleasant to climb.
The Wet Mountains lie south of Canon City and close to Florence. Please refer to the area descriptions on how to locate each climbing area as they are dispersed.
Information about the Wet Mountains is currently on the light side, so if you are venturing down there, a handy resource would be the area's guidebook, The Ripper, available from SharpEnd Books and climbing shops.
Great Divide, 400 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo. The Edge, 107 N. Union Ave, Pueblo.
Red Canyon Cycles, 410 Main St, Canon City.
Take a Hike, 95 Main St, Westcliffe.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Wet Mountains:
The route begins by scrambling up to the 1st of two wide pods. You can walk a 3.5 cam to protect the first pod. Exit the first pod going over a small bulge with a finger crack. Continue up past the 2nd small pod into the 30’ splitter finger crack. Perfect ring locks and lay-backing off the lichen covered wall will get you near the top of the crack where you can grab a solid jug. Another 20’ of easy face climbing will get you to the anchors....[more]Browse More Classics in CO