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West Creek  

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West Creek is a less visited area of the South Platte with incredible climbing on Thunder Ridge and the better known, near-the-road Sheep's Nose. There are single pitch and multipitch climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.13. There are bolted and traditional climbs here. This area requires effort to climb. It is principally a Spring, Summer, and Fall area due to road conditions.

Getting There 

Go down CO 126 until you reach Deckers. Keep going for a long way until CO 126 meets CO 67, and keep south on CO 67, turn right on 68 going to Westcreek, and take a right on Stump Road. The first formation you will see is Sheep's Nose on the right and is a big dome looking formation (has nice boulder problems on approach!).

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

196 Total Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',89],['2 Stars',56],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Creek:
W.A.S.P. (What About Some Pesticide?)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Let's Do It Again, Daddy   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Thunder Ridge : The Alligator Lounge
Pulp Friction   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Lost in Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Sheep's Nose
Ten Years After   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Sheep's Nose
Is This For Real?   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Reptile   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
So Wild   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Reptile Tears   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
No Pressure   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Powder Monkey   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Post Office
In Your Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Real Black Velvet   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
Chocolate Thunder   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
The G Route   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Storm   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Reality Check   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon
The Rodeo   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Thunder Ridge : The Quarry
Starlight   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon
Thunderstruck   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Thunder Ridge : The Brown Wall
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Featured Route For West Creek
On the FA drilling the first of 3 crux bolts.

No Pressure 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CO : South Platte : ... : The Quarry
No Pressure is a new line that climbs up beautiful features in a lonely, white face with black streaks on either side. Starts juggy, and gets thinner and thinner until you grab a muffin to clip the anchors. This was my first route that I've put up at Thunder. Bolted it on lead from free stances, but had previously top roped the route a week prior to the lead to find bolt placements. With that said, I want to thank Kirsten for her patience, and support of my love for Thunder. Also Kevin and Gle...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2006

Great job on the South Platte reorg! You might want to move Thunder Ridge to West Creek as well.
By ssp
Nov 20, 2011
Was wondering 'bout the small dome on the right after one makes the turn off 67 coming from the north. Not the main turn but the one where ya just flick your wheel to the right on down the dirt road -Westcreek Rd.
This formation sits just after a small 'V' notch in the hills on your right. There is a dirt road that goes through but looks like private property.
Location is due northeast of Sheep's Nose. Dome in question is, of course, on the left in photo.
Unknown Westcreek dome.
Unknown Westcreek dome.
By slim
Nov 28, 2011
If I remember correctly, it is called 'Bell Dome' and has a few obscure routes on it.
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Nov 28, 2011
Allen Hill or Mr. Green would know.
By ssp
Nov 29, 2011
Thanks for the info update, I'll ck with those guys.
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Nov 30, 2011
I have no idea. I've certainly seen it plenty of times and never gave it much thought. I'll put money on it being on private land though.
By ssp
Jun 19, 2013
After revisiting this topic and seeing Allen's reply, I did some further interneting and found out the name is Bell Rock. No other info could be found as far as routes, etc.
Remains to be reconned first with a polite chat with the neighbors then a close up look if allowed.
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