First hike in Red Rocks...wasn't used to all the scrambling and bouldering, but was a good time
Took the standard route up First Creek and it was very pleasant. The brush hasn't started growing yet and the boulder hopping was quite fun. Lots of snow still on top.
Hiked it from the back side up Oak Creek Canyon.. great view at the top
Several times, by south bowl (slabs), down Cleaver crack... by First Creek... and today (Apr-16-2008) from west, Lovell Canyon. Just 1h 45m from car to top, via west side, with several stops for equipment tests. Though fast, this route has the evil talus on the limestone ridge west of the peak.
Also climbed along with Bridge and Rainbow on Apr 26/08.
The south bowl -- which cuts off most of the 1st Creek slog -- is a much nicer, more challenging route than plain 1st Creek.
That was an awesome climb. I was making good time until everything went wrong and I didnt pay enough attention to the directions. I headed up the very leftt canyon, when at the amphitheatre, which led me to a 1-2 inch crack with a rope. I climbed up to see what it looked like on the otherside and I saw a cliff with little standing space. I was alone and decided not to risk going over and not being able to climb back. I hiked back down then headed up the Cleaver Crack. I then went up the wrong crack right below cleaver crack which almost sent me turning on. But I pressed on and Once I was on the right track, I made some good time but took a hefty nap on the summit. Fun Hike, Maybe shouldn't have done it alone ;-), Great Afternoon spent at Red Rocks!
the route. Beautiful day for a climb, but tiring going over all of the rocks. A couple of times, I went off route into the brush, but overall, the route finding wasn't bad. Summited alone via First Creek.
SOLO UP FIRST CREEK AND HIDDEN BOWL
FIRST CRK ROUTE VIA THE BOWL: 4/22/02, 11/12/02, 1/21/09, 3/7/15, 9/22/17
FIRST CRK UP, CLEAVER DOWN: 10/19/16
OAK CRK AROUND RTE: 3/22/03
CLEAVER CRACK RTE: 11/19/02 11/26/02 11/28/02 3/29/03 11/27/03 3/27/04 4/3/05 5/8/05 5/31/05 2/1/06 9/17/06 11/19/06 12/6/06 11/18/07 4/6/08 (THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SOLO TRIPS IN RED ROCK!) 4/17/09 with Mike and Barb...ate some fresh snow near the top; 11/23/09 with Pastor James; 4/25/10 with Peter, Richard, Len and Susan; 4/20/11; 12/3/12 with Linda Soper; 11/1/13 w/Mark B & Chris M: 11/10/13 w/Peter, Barb and Judy; 1/22/14; 3/8/14 w/Mark & Karen; 10/1/14; 3/16/16; 3/26/16 w/BKA; 5/21/16 w/CL; 4/30/17 w/JK & BS; 11/22/17 w/BS; 12/30/17
SOUTH SUMMIT via 1st creek with Peter, Judy and Len 4/24/11; ditto 12/28/11 with Peter, Mike, Barb and Candace; via White Pinnacle & Deadhorse Pks 4/6/16 w/HS, BS & JK
Bike/Hike/Climb via Cleaver Crack:
4/6/09 (green climb...bike/hike from my garage 7 hrs); 11/23/11 ;11/23/12 6:50; 2/15/15 7 hrs; 5/17/15; 4/16/17
Loop from First Creek via White Pinnacle, South summits & down Cleaver Crack route 3/5/14
Also: w/Dead Horse Pt 4/19/14, 6/16/14, 11/12/14, 2/3/18
Wilson traverse via White Pinnacle, Deadhorse Pt,South summits,N summit and First Crk Pk 4/29/15
A good break from technical climbing.
This is one of my favorites to do in springtime in Red Rocks. Lots of blooms and many opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. First Creek is a nice canyon on condition that you know the correct route or else you will end up in lots of brush.
Slideshow from this route is here: Mount Wilson via First Creek
One tough climb.
2 hours approach, 8 hours climbing time, a few hours for the descent as I remember. Go fast!
This one's been on the list for awhile. It could have waited. While I'm certain there are great routes up the mountain, First Creek is not one of them. Compared to the other canyon routes to mountains in the Red Rock area, First Creek is a relatively uninteresting, brushy slog.
While looking through the summit log, I saw an entry from a friend of mine dated December 1975; I was two at the time.
Roundtrip in 6 hrs or so.
* Despite the let-down of the route, this effort was much better than my first one several years ago when I tried to free-climb straight up the east face. After falling and knocking my head, I kept going. A hundred feet later, I got smart and turned around.
What a bushwhack. After fighting through the brush I I didn't have the energy or motivation to go any higher. My partner continued on for a while but turned around without reaching the summit, due to the late hour.
Finding the start of this route is the first crux of the climb. Bob Cable and I approached Mount Wilson from First Creek, heading up an east face gully on the southeren end. The route starts at about the same elevation as "sherwood forest" and follows a crack and chimney system for 9 pitches to the top. Offwidth skills were employed. Pitch 9 is the crux of the climbing, followed by third class scambling to the top. The final crux is the decent, We headed west @ thelimestone then north down into the south fork of oak creek. One or 2 rappels were needed in the creek. Good route, great summit, 17 hours car to car.
It was too windy today to do much technical climbing, so I decided to bag Mount Wilson instead. I started at the First Creek Canyon parking area wearing my trusty running shoes, shorts, and t-shirt -- no food, water, jacket or any of that nonsense. I tucked my keys into my left sock and started running. After a few seconds on the trail, a big gust of wind blasted me and my open mouth with sand. Good times.
I fought the wind until I entered the canyon. Then I fought the thick brush. Apparently there are brush-free paths through the canyon, but I must have gotten a little off track. After a lot of scrambling up class 2/3 rock in extremely windy conditions, I reached the summit. I didn't see a register up top, but I did not know to look "in the cairn." I did see a bunch of boards with wire, though. I'm not sure why that was up there...
For a little excitement, I decided to take a different way down. I headed west-ish toward the back of Oak Creek Canyon, then cut down a gully that I though would provide easy access into the bottom of the canyon. Two-thirds of the way down, I encountered about 65m of steep, water-polished rock. It was not downclimbable, at least not in my running shoes. Fortunately, there was an old 50m fixed rope. I did the good old "body rappel" until the rope's end. This placed me at an old two-bolt rappel anchor about 15m above the ground. I had no choice but to down climb. Fortunately, it all went well, and I arrived at the bottom of the canyon safely. I hiked out of the canyon, then ran a few miles across the desert back to my car. Car-to-car time: 4 hours, 31 minutes.