West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base
Lower West Ridge.
This section is the lowest section of The West Ridge. It is extends from the waterline/base of the ridge to arbitrarily Verschneidung. Certainly, this is the least famous of the sections of The West Ridge. Consequently, lines are generally shorter here. Access is quicker as well. Descents off the backside/E face, if you top out, are quicker, too.
This section of the ridge appears to contain the earliest route done on the ridge, Initial Route, 5.8, by none other than the then-climbing-omnivore Layton Kor with Herb Swedlund, in 1963.
While there may be no top-one hundred in Eldorado Canyon SP here, still there are some pleasant lines here. You may note that most of the routes listed here (to the left) for this section are in the 0-1 star range. Still, you may enjoy: the mini-classic Verschneidung
, 5.7; the spicy Allosaur
, 5.9 s; the short but energizing Morning Thunder
, 5.9+; the strenuous Wing Shot
, 5.11b; the invigorating Wild Turkey
, 5.11c/d s; the once test-piece Office Girls Walk the Plank
, 5.12d; among others.
This is a place to savor the less-frequented side of Eldorado.
Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach this section of the ridge by parking at the Milton Boulder, wade the stream or boulder hop (Aug-ish to May-ish) to the base of the ridge and ascend. Or, you can approach by parking at the E end of the park, cross the bridge, hike on the trail paralleling the creek, and traverse the slippery 3rd class ramp around to the base of the West Ridge. Note, this last traverse is intimidating for small kids and particularly green partners. Then, you hike along the trail at the base of the W face of the West Ridge to your desired route.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
44 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',2]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base:
Allosaur 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R Trad, 3 pitches
Wingshot 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Wishbone 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Wild Turkey 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Allosaur 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Allosaur is located near the bottom of the West Ridge in an area called The Amphitheater. To reach the start of the climb, hike a short ways up the West Ridge trail just pass the bouldering traverse. From there, scramble (4th/lower 5th class) up and right across some slabs to reach an area above the trail. Allosaur starts at a juniper tree at the base of a south-facing wall. P1: move up and gradually left toward a fixed pin at 25 feet or so. From there, continue up and left across the face. Th...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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