Coat of Arms Corner and The Rat Cracks Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Rat Cracks from Lake Gulch Trail, Crag in center.
This area of Castlewood has a few routes of good quality that see little traffic. Like Castlewood, in these few routes you'll find sport, trad, and TR climbing. The Rat Cracks are a series of cracks that can be useful in identifying the area as well as providing some trad leads.
Approach the area by parking at the furthest N. lot on the S. entrance to the wood. Take the Lake Gulch Trail N from the lot and follow it to the creek and Creek Bottom Trail. The area is on the North Rim and can be difficult to find. It is the furthest N. area along this sector of the rim. Try to identify the area by the unusual Rat Cracks.
Climbing Season For the Castlewood Canyon SP area.
Weather station 6.8 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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BETA PHOTO: One more pic of the cracks from the trail.
|Comments on Coat of Arms Corner and The Rat Cracks
By Dan Mottinger
Dec 30, 2002
It wasn't mentioned yet so I'll say to bring very long slings and/or an extra rope to set up topropes for most of these climbs. There simply isn't a lot for pro at the top of some of the climbs so the closest anchors are trees and boulders a ways away from the cliff top.
By TJ Quirk
From: Parker, CO
Mar 22, 2010
Note: The Shakespearean Theater, the next crag to the East of this cliff, is closed to climbing Mar, Apr, and May 2010 due to raptor nesting.