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West Coast Cliffs

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About West Coast Cliffs:

This is the left side of the cliff band, not the Pinnacle Area, or the Hang `Em High Area.

The West Coast Cliffs were named after the Humboldt/DelNorte County Sea Cliffs (The Promontory, Footsteps, Rocks, Trinidad Head).

Base: A nice trail runs along the entire length of the cliff band.

Information by user: matthiasholladay

Notes: E-mail me if you have any questions or would like additional route information.
Approach: Hermosa seems scrappy at best when viewed from the road, but after the 20+ minute approach, standing under these cliffs, one can appreciate the vertical overhanging starts and dynamic varied climbing to this 80 foot cliff band 300 yards long. Most of the routes are traditional, but often have bolts as well. The largest roof routes in Animas Valley are located here as well as the most adventourous climbing one will find locally. This place is not for novices. Take CR 201 up the hill. Past the 1st cattle grate you come to park in the lot on the left and find trail to ridgeline. To do this from the parking area, access is just past the grate on the right to find the cairn and path through the scrub oak. Ignore the obvious USFS induced clearcut. Flat thru the scrub until the base of the ridge is reached, small switchbacks incline up to a level trail for a nice walk on the crest of the moraine. This stroll takes one to the last steep bit up to thew base of the legthy cliff band.

Approach Time: 20 min

Approach Time:
Latitude, Longitude: 37.42980, -107.83778
Access Issues: None
Rock Type: Sedimentary
Type of Climbing: Sport/Trad
Sun Aspect: All Day Sun


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
1 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Sony Mayo 5.11d 0
2 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Grinning Hostess 5.9 0
3 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Our Typhoon Rhythm 5.11a 0
4 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Octopussy 5.12a 0
5 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Pink Medusa 5.10a 0
6 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Our Tidal Surge 5.7 0
7 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Unrelenting Undertow 5.7 0
8 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Edge of the World 5.7 0
9 Average Rating = 0.00/5 The New World 5.7 A1 0
10 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Julia's Jibe 5.8 0
11 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Poseidon's Adventure 5.11a 0
12 Average Rating = 0.00/5 First Mate 5.9 0
13 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Mizzenmast A1 0
14 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Schooner Ingenuity 5.10b 0
15 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Seaweed Anchor 5.10b 0
16 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Tradewind 5.8 0
17 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Wendy's Crack 5.10d 0
18 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Brass Sextant 5.6 0