Clear Creek Canyon

Variety of routes and cliffs

Quick Details

  • Half-day: 4 hours
  • Full-day: 6 hours
  • Tailored to any skill level
  • Climber groups of two or more are available

Clear Creek Canyon, a steep-walled canyon carved by Clear Creek, offers excellent climbing routes on a variety of cliffs.

Front Range Climbing Company guides you on many Clear Creek cliffs, many perched alongside the rushing creek, with lots of fun face and slab climbs.

Most of the climbs at Clear Creek Canyon are protected with permanent bolt anchors, while others are climbed traditionally using cams and nuts for protection. Front Range Climbing guides you up lots of vertical adventures on these easily accessible cliffs alongside U.S. Highway 6 west of Golden and Denver.

What to Bring

  • Water FRCC highly recommends bringing 2 quarts (2-3 liters) of water.
  • Food (snacks/lunch) Along with the water, keeping your body fueled throughout your trip will let you focus on climbing and not you:r stomach. Food a simple as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to high-tech energy bars will keep you going throughout your trip.
  • Small backpack: A small backpack allows you to carry your food, water, and other items you need for the day. A backpack versus a handbag lets you freely use your hands while moving around the climbing areas.
  • Sneakers/Approach Shoes/Chaco Sandals ™: Most of the climbing areas require a slight hike from the parking area to reach your climbs. FRCC suggests a pair of sturdy sneakers, approach shoes, or Chacos™ to safely get you to the climbs. You can call our office or ask your guide if your footwear is appropriate for your climbing destination.
  • Sunscreen: The sun can be intense at all of our climbing locations. FRCC recommends bringing sunscreen to prevent sunburns and other potential sun related issues.
  • Sunglasses [optional]: Sunglasses  help protect your eyes from the sun throughout the day.
  • Camera [optional]: Pictures help you remember your trip. If you have a camera, bring it along and snap away.
  • Rain jacket: Summer thunderstorms can occur at any time in Colorado. A light rain jacket will keep you dry in the event of rain.