Length: A little over 2 miles from the trailhead to the Mt. Muscoco summit.
Elevation: Mt. Cutler trailhead 6785’, Mt. Muscoco summit 8020’.
General Description: Follow Mt. Cutler Trail until Mt. Muscoco Trail sign points to the right. The trail gets steeper as you go along. After reaching a lookout area, the trail continues to the west. It now merges into the old trail and the
No topo. Bouldering from the roadside! A few highballs scale the steep, creekside of the boulder on slopey, polished edges. Classic V0 warm-ups face the road.
Approach by driving 0.7 miles past the canyon’s mouth and park next to Graduation Boulder.
Directly across the creek and 30 feet uphill lies another boulder with several excellent challenges, including the full right-to-left lip traverse, Tough Guy (V7).
This crag rises directly south above Graduation Boulder.
Approach by driving 0.85 miles past the canyon entrance to a pullout on the right (west) side of the paved road. Cross the road and a stone bridge over the creek. A rough trail works up the eroded hillside to the base.
Routes are listed from right to left.
2. Cheyenne (5.11b)
3. Chivalry (5.10c)
4. The Shiiter (5.12a)
5. Balance (5.8)
This is the lower, east-facing wall around the buttress from The Pinnacle, North Face.
Approach from the northfacing wall, hike southeast around the corner and downclimb to an old prospect hold filled with water below a vertical wall.
Routes are listed right to left.
14. Slant Eye (5.9) Liebacks, jams and face climbing. Gear: Stoppers and small to medium cams.
15. RopeKill (5.7). A short first pitch leads
This 40-foot-high, west-facing cliff rises directly above the creek, south of the footbridge opposite the parking area. A fun place to top rope. Most climbers sling trees on top of the cliff for anchors.
Routes are listed right to the left from the right side of the big roof.
17. Karo in Your Gas Tank (5.10a) Pull over two roofs, then head up and right
Approach by scrambling up a gully below the obvious, left-facing dihedral and slab.
27. The West Face (5.0) Wander at will, aiming for the large tree on the cliff-top. Downclimb or walk off south to a scree gully.
28. Crack Parallel (5.7) Two pitches up the steep slab left of an obvious, left-facing corner system on the west flank. Scramble up to the base of
A cliff-lined cul-de-sac southwest of the Pinnacle on the abrupt north flank of Mt. Cutler. A variety of good sport routes are found on the solid granite and its shaded aspect makes it a good summer retreat.
Approach from the parking area at 0.85 miles, about 150 feet up-canyon from the bridge, look for a trail on the left (east) side of the road. Follow
A prominent buttress west of The Amphitheater with two excellent, moderate, multi-pitch lines.
Approach from the base of the steep gully into The Amphitheater, look on the right for a faint trail marked with a cairn. Hike west on this trail following switchbacks uphill to the base of the buttress. Scramble east over broken ledges to a pine tree.
Routes are north-facing. Ten-minute approach.
37. Hanging Gardens
No topo. A cave with steep, highball boulder problems. A good spot is a must and a pad is recommended. Three problems scale the wall, listed left to right. To approach pull into a large dirt pull-off on the north side of the road, about 2.3 miles up-canyon. Cross the creek on a fallen tree bridge and walk 30 feet to reach a 15-foot-high,
This trail makes its way up the Cañon from behind the Starsmore Discovery Center to the Upper Columbine trailhead near Helen Hunt Falls. The Mid Columbine trailhead is about 1 mile up the road from the main park gate by the Starsmore Discovery Center. The Upper Columbine trailhead is about 350 feet east of Helen Hunt Falls. Hikers, cyclists and equestrians can use this trail.