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Submitted By: Ben Schmitt on Jul 10, 2011
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This beautiful Southwest-facing wall hosts two quality moderate pitches with room for a handful of others. The rock here is a very interesting form of granite, which has been scooped out and sculpted by years of water to form intricate runnels, tufus, and bathtubs.

Getting There 

The crag is located across the river on the far east (downstream) side of Arch Rock. The best approach is to park the the bridge 300 feet downstream from arch rock, walk along the river heading upstream for about 100 feet, then cut up the hillside (the trail cliffs out if you don't) aiming for a notch on top of the cliff. Summit the hill, then head back don and left to reach the cliff by the river. You know you're there when you see the obvious, low angle, water pod covered wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Water Sculpt Wall
Nice 5.7 with lots of scooped out areas.

Kalamis Aqua 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : South Platte : ... : Water Sculpt Wall
This is the left of the two routes at the cliff, which starts on a low angle slab and cuts up left (past a crux at the second bolt) to a long and varied adventure up incredible water shoots and tufa features which deposit you high on the slab here you follow a small "column" up to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Stewart M. Green
Jun 9, 2013
I climbed a half-dozen routes on this small cliff back in the late 1970s and 1980s with John Myers. We called it Tinaja Dome for all the natural water tanks on the cliff. All routes were trad. Brian Shelton and I did a 45-foot, 3-bolt 5.8 route on the left side up a rib to anchors in 2007.
By Ben Schmitt
Jun 10, 2013
Stewart, maybe the photo is confusing, but what you are calling Tinaja Dome is actually further downriver. When you sent me the info for Wildflower Wall, the "Ribs" route was in there and I found that. It is across from my route that I bolted up the Nose feature opposite Tinaja, in a smaller side canyon downstream. I actually ran into Bob D. the day I bolted these, and he said he soloed them back in the '80s but thought it was great I was bolting them up as sport routes. This crag is directly across from Arch Rock, just to clarify.
By Blake Roberts
From: Denver, CO
May 4, 2014
First time to Eleven Mile this weekend: beautiful area and great camping in the Pike NF. Unfortunately things did not go as planned.

Day 1) Got totally lost (100% my fault, the directions are spot on).

Day 2) Made it to the Water Sculpt Wall and...all of the hangers are missing. It's a damn shame too because the routes, as advertised, look like they would be fantastic beginner leads. Mega bummer.
By Ben Schmitt
Jul 2, 2014
I'm sorry to hear about the bolt hangers, guys, especially with all the positive feedback these routes have been getting.

I'm not sure if it was a pathetic cry out for some sort of ethical reasoning (which is a mute point because I soloed these too before I bolted them) or just someone who felt entitled to the hardware because it's "just too difficult" for them to get a job and contribute in any way to a sport they partake in.

Either way, I'll bring some more hangers back a reequip it, these routes are too good to leave like this!
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