The West Face of Surprising Crag has some of the earliest routes on the rock. Many of these older routes are hard, scary, and infrequently climbed. There are a few modern sport routes here, too, but most of them are quite difficult. Other than the route "The Other One", a fun route up the prow at the right end of the West Face, this area sees little traffic.
Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Face:
The Other One 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch
Space Goats 5.11c/d Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Mercy Drilling 5.12a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Furious Howard Brown 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch
Curve of Binding Energy 5.12a/b Sport, 1 pitch
Shakedown Street 5.12c Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
American Beauty 5.12c Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Featured Route For West Face
North Crack 5.8 CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : West Face
Per D'Antonio's Boulder Canyon guidebook, this is the deep crack in the dihedral, just right of Mercy Drilling.Either smush into the crack or do dihedral moves.The crux was edging left onto the face at the end to reach the anchors for Mercy Drilling. Moving out is committing. Overall, there are good rests & several "what next?" spots for a 5.8 leader....[more] Browse More Classics in CO