Golden Cliffs

Denver, Colorado

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The Golden Cliffs, rising above the town of Golden on the south slope of North Table Mountain, is the most popular climbing area near Denver. It’s easily accessible, offers good climbing weather with its southfacing exposure, and has lots of fun moderate routes from 40 to 60 feet long on fine compact basalt. Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, so all you need for a day’s climbing is a rope and a dozen quickdraws. Some of the crack routes, however, are also good but require a rack of gear. The Golden Cliffs are a popular toproping venue, but it can be difficult to rig anchors from the top. It’s better to first lead the route you want to toprope. If you are on the cliff top, use caution and don’t knock any rocks off since climbers are below on the cliffbase trail. Also watch out for rattlesnakes on the trail and below climbs.

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"The Golden Cliffs, rising above the town of Golden on the south slope of North Table Mountain, is the most popular climbing area near Denver. It’s easily accessible, offers good climbing weather with its southfacing exposure, and has lots of fun moderate routes from 40 to 60 feet long on fine compact basalt.

Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, so all you need for a day’s climbing is a rope and a dozen quickdraws. Some of the crack routes, however, are also good but require a rack of gear. The Golden Cliffs are a popular toproping venue, but it can be difficult to rig anchors from the top. It’s better to first lead the route you want to toprope. If you are on the cliff top, use caution and don’t knock any rocks off since climbers are below on the cliffbase trail. Also watch out for rattlesnakes on the trail and below climbs."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Denver
Season: Year-round, but summers can be very hot.
Local Contacts: North Table Mountain Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Golden Cliffs

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May 2018