Not put off by a longer approach? Escape the crowds and mid-day sun of The Dihedrals with these options to get to the West Side Crags.
To go over Asterisk Pass take a left at the bridge along the River Trail for just over .25 miles.
Then head up just past Christian Brothers for an 80′ elevation gain rock scramble. Rope use is recommended to get over the pass.
Spread over .5 miles, many different rock walls make up the area.
Some include such notables such as Spiderman Buttress, the 350 foot Mesa Verde Wall, and the short, but fun climbs of the Pleasure Palace.
Good for you and your independent spirit to take the road less traveled.
Have fun on these and others you find to your liking:
(All are rated 3 star in Alan Watts’ Guidebook, with * noting a 4 star)
Iguanas on Elm Street 5.10c sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Hemp Liberation 5.10d sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Lords of Karma 5.12c sport, 13 bolts, 1 pitch
Made in the Shade 5.12c sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch
*Split Image 5.12d sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Angel Flight Crags:
Follies of Youth Block:
Youthful Indiscretion (aka Wisdom of Age) sport, 3 bolts, 1 pitch
In Harm’s Way mixed to 2 inches, 2 pitches
*Spiderman trad, gear to 3 inches, 2 pitches
Spiderman Variation trad, gear to 3 inches, 2 pitches
Squashed Spider sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Out of Harm’s Way mixed to 1.5 inches, 1 pitch
Doctor Doom trad, gear to 6 inches, 2 pitches
Widow Maker R trad, gear to 2 inches, 2 pitches
Explosive Energy Child 5.10d R mixed to 1 inch, 2 pitches
Death Takes a Holiday 5.12a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Mesa Verde Wall:
Western Chimney R trad, gear to 3 inches, 1 pitch
Sundown trad, gear to 2 inches, 1 pitch
Cosmos 5.10a sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Tale of Two Shitties 5.10a mixed to 2.5 inches, 3 pitches
*Trezlar 5.10a trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 2 pitches
Down’s Syndrome 5.10a R mixed to 2 inches, 1 pitch
*Screaming Yellow Zonkers 5.10b sport, 9 bolts, 1 pitch
Planet Luxury 5.10c sport, 11 bolts, 1 pitch
*Moons of Pluto 5.10d sport, 9 bolts, 1 pitch
Bad Moon Rising 5.11a sport, 11 bolts, 1 pitch
Cows in Agony 5.11a sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Desolation Row 5.11a mixed to 2.5 inches, 2 pitches
Reason to Be 5.11a sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch
Minas Morgul 5.11d mixed to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
Shadow of Doubt 5.12a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Juniper Face 5.12b sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Long Time Gone 5.13a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Xanadu 5.10a sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Red Scare 5.10b sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Aggro Bumbly 5.10d sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Bop Til You Drop 5.11a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch