Golf Wall Climbing

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Don’t let the short, easy approach lure you into a false sense of ease; Golf Wall hosts some of the most difficult sport climbing in the Durango area. These short, powerful limestone routes often incorporate a bouldery start that will leave you pumped.

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Margaret Hedderman

Distance

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Destination Distance From Downtown

17.2 miles

Difficulty

4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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At your leisure

Seasonality

Summer and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Don’t let the short, easy approach lure you into a false sense of ease; Golf Wall hosts some of the most difficult sport climbing in the Durango area. These short, powerful limestone routes often incorporate a bouldery start that will leave you pumped. With new permi-draws on many of the tougher routes, you can push yourself without fear of leaving a bail biner at the crag. Soaring views of the Animas Valley combined with its gym-like qualities, make Golf Wall a great, year-round climbing destination.

What Makes It Great

Golf Wall always leaves something to aspire to, unless, of course, you’re crushing 5.12ds like grapes. The easiest routes are located on the Girl Scout Wall, the most northern section of the climbing area. Here you’ll find a few 9s and 10s to warm-up on, or so you can tell your friends, “Yeah, I climb at Golf Wall.” This area hasn’t been set with permi-draws, so you will need your quickdraws here.

As you move south around the wall, you’ll come to the Country Club Cave where most of the harder, overhung routes are located – 5.10d to 5.13. Divitator (5.12b/c) and Pink Taco (5.12c/d) are a couple of local favorites. The cave is so overhung, you can usually climb here even when it’s raining.

Keep walking south, and you’ll reach the last bolted area on Golf Wall. The Right Side offers the best views of the Glacier Club golf course and subdivision, home to Durango’s rich and famous. This area features another fifteen routes, all between 5.10d and 5.12+. Greenskeeper’s Playground (5.10d) is as good a place as any to start.

Golf Wall is western facing and blazes during full sunlight. During the summer, it’s best to climb before the sun crests over the highway and starts baking the rock. On long summer days, you can climb well into the evening once the sun has sunk below the cliffs. During the winter, this is one of the only places in town you can still climb outside because of its western aspect.

Who is Going to Love It

Golf Wall is perfect for anyone looking for steep, pumpy climbing. It can be a thoroughly humbling experience, even for those who’ve climbed here before. That said, Golf Wall is extremely popular at all times of the year – you can tell from the polished limestone. Beginning lead climbers should check out Fume Wall before even considering coming here.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Golf Wall is about a 20-minute drive from town. Head north on US 550. Drive past the Glacier Club and the Lodge at Tamarron. Just after mile-marker 41, turn into the small, gravel parking area on the left side of the highway. (There’s another parking area a bit further up the highway if this one is full.) The trail to the crag is just beside the guardrail on the east side of the road. It’s a five minute approach from the highway.

Location

Golf Wall

Durango, CO,
37.51721, -107.81582

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