White Cliff is a small, southeast-facing crag that receives sun most of the day until about 2-3 hours before sunset. It is mixed in among other slabs along the north side of I-70. It has quality slab/face/roof climbing on a fine mix of gneiss with cool hornblende dikes. There are excellent holds, and depending on the route, few features for gear. The rock continues to exfoliate, mainly little chips but be aware of larger blocks and their stability. Sport and trad routes exist side-by-side. It is great for a quick set of laps after work and close to other areas including Mt. Royal and the Diamond Wall in Officer's Gulch. The White Cliffs have been climbed long before I got here, a story told by the first High Country Crags guidebook and the old Star drive bolts that once dotted the face. The area has seen a resurgence of interest and a handful of exciting new lines worth a lap. Enjoy the modern gear and the fun they afford. A big thanks to Brian Pappas and Elias Martos for their help and support.
From the Frisco #201 exit, drive west for approximately 1 mile on I-70, passing a pair of yellow "Left Curve" road signs. When the shoulder opens up and sloping grass area appears, pull off down along the aspens. You will find a tall cairn and beautiful handmade sign marking the steep approach trail that dips through the trees and heads up to the apron of White Cliff. Follow the trail left to reach the West wall routes, right to reach the East Wall. The approach time is ~5-10 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for White Cliff:
Easy Redhead 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Water Groove 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Big Dihedral 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Rufies 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Little Di 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Dirty Blonde 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c Sport, 2 pitches, 140'
Ain't Misbehavin' 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Blitz Girls 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Zebra 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Parallel Universe 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Hard Monkey 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Funky Gunky 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Overhangutang 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Exfoliator 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Czech Cashing 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Little Di 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 CO : 10 Mile Canyon : White Cliff
This natural line is on the right side of the main, White Cliff slab. It is just right of the two bolted lines and follows a left-trending roof. Lots of fun variations exist with face holds, cracks and smears. The roof can be passed at any time, but the main line follows up under the roof and straight up the face at the end of the roof, to a tan chain anchor. The crack under the roof takes great gear but may be damp at times. A variation is to climb the face, 15' left of the corner (8' righ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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