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Date Tuesday  9/7/2021
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Scramble/Climb After Work - Eldo - Quartzite Ridge North Side
Start Time 5:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader Sean Allison
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Type Trip
Trip Type
Trail Mileage 1.5
Elevation Gain 665
Driving Distance


Eldorado Canyon State Park. 

For more info Contact

Sean Allison



Steve Levin's guidebook calls this a nice mountaineering type scramble. We will complete a roughly 1.5 mile loop by ascending Quartzite Ridge on the north side of the road to the West Ridge climbing trail. We will then descend the Eldorado Canyon Trail to get back to our cars. 

Mountain Project ranks this scramble as 4th class and I sort of agree. For the most part, it's chill class 3-4 but there are a few spots that require class 5ish moves. Moreover, the exposure is real and the consequence of a fall could potentially be life threatening. You should be comfortable with exposure and have plenty of climbing/scrambling experience. We will NOT be using any ropes/protection. Click here for the MP description. 

Plan for the trip to take 2-3 hours at most depending on our group speed. Carpooling is still questionable in my view so you will have to pay $10 to get into Eldo unless you have a State Park pass.

Helmets will be required. I recommend comfortable climbing shoes/approach shoes that you've used before. There will be scree, rocks, scambling, dirt trails, stairs, etc. 

Email the leader to get signed up and answer the following questions:

- Expereince climbing/scrambling? A few recent examples would be nice.

- Any CMC classes you have taken? (climbing, scrambling, alpine, seconding, HAMS, etc.)