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Jul 22, 2014
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My wife and I are going to be in CO next week, and we'll be staying at Golden Gate Canyon campground for a couple of days (7/30 and 7/31) and then head up to Estes Park Campground for a couple more (8/1 and 8/2).

We're looking to get on stuff in the 5.10/5.11 range sport, and up to 5.9 trad--not much of a strong preference toward one or the other.

I was planning on climbing at Clear Creek Canyon while staying at Golden Gate Canyon (though I saw that there are some routes near the campground--just wasn't sure if they were worth getting on during our short stay). At Clear Creek, I was looking at Little Eiger and High Wire Crag, but not sure if those are good choices this time of year, and wasn't sure if I was missing out on better opportunities elsewhere.

I haven't done as much research about Estes Park, so any beta would be greatly appreciated!

I checked out the following guidebooks from the AAC library, if that has any bearing on where I should go:
-Rock climbing Rocky Mountain National Park (Rossiter)
-Golden Cliffs, Colorado (Hubbel)
-Lyons Area, Colorado (Hubbel)
-Clear Creek Canyon sport climber's guide (Rolofson)
-Rocky Mountain National Park: the climber's guide (Gillett)

Also, if you're going to be climbing in the areas while we're there and wouldn't mind showing us around, that would be awesome, and I'd be willing to return the favor if you visit NY and want to go to the Gunks (otherwise, I can offer beer, haha).

Thanks in advance!
Dan Pizzillo
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined Aug 14, 2012
5 points
Jul 22, 2014
Estes Park

For Sport climbing in Estes Park...Go to Jurassic Park. This crag has the highest density sport routes closest to Estes Park (5 minutes). If your there during the week, and can get there early enough, you may be able to get to the Edge of Time (5.9) first. There are a couple of 10s nearby...routes are single pitch...ranging from 40-90'. Worth climbing here with great views of Longs Peak.

Trad climbing...no brainer. Lumpy Ridge. Several climbs in your range...multipitch classics all over.
Alfonso
Joined Feb 21, 2014
1,137 points
Jul 22, 2014
You probably don't want to consider Golden Cliffs/North Table Mountain
at this time of the year. It's worse than a blast furnace up there.
Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
61 points
Jul 22, 2014
Dudes throne, more in the 5.11 range. Depending on what campground your staying at it may be just a walk, or a short drive: mountainproject.com/v/dudes-th...


From Golden Gate park, it's a short drive via Rt 119 peak to peak highway to the upper end of CCC. Read the route guide and pick your poison.
mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Joined Mar 19, 2009
153 points
Jul 23, 2014
P2 of Bonnie's Roof
Awesome! Thanks for the info! Dan Pizzillo
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined Aug 14, 2012
5 points
Jul 23, 2014
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Was in Clear Creek two weeks ago and climbed at both High Wire and Little Eiger, Little Eiger 2 min approach with some shade and nice mix of routes, High Wire 3 min approach and was in the sun during that time but not unbearable. Both areas offer a nice mix of 3 star routes on multiple grades. Christopher Gibson
From Frisco, Texas
Joined Feb 13, 2012
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