Clear Creek Canyon Climbing

Clear Creek canyon climbing is located along highway 6 from Golden to I -70. While there are some spots with loose rubble in the canyon, it turn out to be mostly solid and nicely featured gneiss and there are actually hundreds of routes on multiple rock formations of all grades to be found. The short approaches and close proximity to the Denver-Boulder area make Clear Creek canyon a great after work climbing destination. In addition, many of the rock faces are south facing and therefore Clear Creek canyon can be a year round climbing destination. The main downside of the area is, of course, that you are basically right next to a major highway, your view is pretty much the highway, and the sounds of nature are most often overshadowed by the sounds of continuous traffic. Some formations in the canyon, however, such as the Highlander wall, featured in the photo, are a hike up above the canyon far enough to give you a more scenic and secluded feel.

Popular routes at Clear Creek:

Refer Madness 5.11b Located on the Wall of The 90's. Excellent sustained vertical face climbing

Radometer In The Red Zone 5.11c Located on the Little Eiger wall. Gets progressively harder as you go up.

Mineral Museum 5.9 Located on the Crystal Tower wall. Climbs through a cool pegmatite band

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