The War Zone

United States | Tunnel Five | Rock Climbing Clear Creek


This massive overhang was overlooked for many years, and is now ready for action with one of the best hard routes in the canyon. The roof starts a little over 100 feet above the trail and is guarded by rotten rock. To get around this issue, a fixed rope traverse was put in place so you can access the roof from its right side. Follow the fixed line to a large comfortable ledge and belay anchor. While it is possible to rappel from this anchor 100’ to the ground, it is not recommended due to the rock that you rappel through. The wall faces south and gets sun for the first half of the day, but the roof itself only gets sun in the morning. Approach: Park on the west side of Tunnel 5 on either side of the road after driving 12.2 miles up the canyon. Walk across the bridge towards Tunnel 5 on the left (north) side of the road. Step over the guardrail and take the creek side trail west for a couple hundred yards. As you become almost even with the wall, you will notice a small boulder field on the right side. Scramble up to the left of the boulder field, scramble up a 4th class gully, and make your way up to the fixed line. 15 min

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