Skip to Content

Dark Shadows Area

RSS FeedClick on "Routes" to subscribe to a RSS feed of all new routes added to this category. Click on "Ascents" for a RSS feed of all new ascents recorded in this category. Routes | Ascents

About Dark Shadows Area:

Description: If you ever wonder where trad climbers go in the summer in Red Rocks, you shouldn't. This is an area with many great routes, and more often than not, you'll see a half dozen parties standing in line for just one of them. Dark Shadows, is not only excellent for the grade, it's probably the most popular trad line in Red Rocks.

Approach: Approach via the main trail until you near the base of Mescalito then look for a climbers trail continuing up the north fork of the canyon. Stay out of the wash, the trail is on the north side of the wash and well defined. At the wall, the trail moves across to the base and a nice, shady area is there for the line.


Approach Time: 30-45 minutes
Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues:
Rock Type: Sandstone
Type of Climbing: Trad
Sun Aspect:


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
0 Average Rating = 4.44/5 Dark Shadows 5.8 25
1 Average Rating = 4.17/5 Slot Machine 5.10c 9
2 Average Rating = 4.56/5 Dark Shadows (16) 5.8 102
3 Average Rating = 3.67/5 Heart of Darkness (1) 5.10d 4
4 Average Rating = 3.75/5 Chasing Shadows 5.10a 5
4 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Edge Dressing 5.10c 2
5 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Sandstone Sandwich 5.10c 1
6 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Excellent Adventure (R) 5.11c 5
7 Average Rating = 4.60/5 Risky Business 5.10d 10
8 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Short Circuit 5.11b 3
9 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Parental Guidance 5.12a 0
10 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Lethal Weapon 5.12c 0