Peak season is spring through fall
Denver is just a half hour drive from the Clear Creek
Half day to Full day
All skill levels are welcome!
Push your limits on Clear Creek’s challenging crags!
Clear Creek Canyon’s steep vertical ascending high above its namesake creek might look frightening at first. Don’t let the overhang climbs chase you away, though. While Clear Creek’s challenging 5.10s will surely humble many climbers, there are plenty of walls for newbies, as well. Clear Creek is a great training ground for learning new skills such as leading sport climbs. You can explore the many beginner routes and multi-pitch sport climbs alike, all while soaking in breathtaking views and the creekside location. Plus, Clear Creek’s granite faces stay cool even in Colorado’s hottest summers.
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Prepare for a full day of climbing where you’ll focus completely on getting the most out of your Clear Creek trip. Expert local guides customize rock climbing courses that cater to your skills, objectives and goals. Plus, bring your whole crew. Guides will adjust the tempo to individual skill and fitness levels.
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
If a full day sounds extreme, or you simply keep a tight schedule, book a half day with the pros. You’ll gain attention to detail and customized support during your experience. Share your objectives, wishes and demands with your guide, then prepare for a morning or afternoon of challenging and thrilling rock climbing.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Clear Creek Canyon
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Clear Creek Canyon, please refer to Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A 4-6 hour rock climbing session
- All technical climbing gear
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus, but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one instructor.
- Also, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18y, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 12-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids younger than 11 can easily go out and try climbing, but only in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation,” and you can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.
If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Most common meet-up spot for climbers is the Canal Zone parking area on the south side of US-6, located about 200 yards west of the intersection of CO-58, CO-93, and US-6 in Golden, CO. If you’re traveling by car from Denver, head out on 6th Avenue and exit at Golden. Turn left on US-6 into the canyon.
The exact meeting location with your guide will be laid out after the booking is made.