BETA PHOTO: Jurassic Park, showing the major formations. Upda...
The Fin is another elongate formation near the top of the hill and is host to half a dozen good routes. The crag really has some mixed lines that take a piece or two of trad gear, and a set of Camalots will suffice for everything. Overall, the climbing on The Fin is great (***), however, some of the stone can be friable so don't yard like Hell on everything. The area classic, Edge of Time (5.9) should just get its bolts upgraded with one or two new ones to turn it into a more satisfying lead. Since it is not difficult, just stay in tune and use the feet. A 60 meter rope will descend from everything, or you can walk off to the right.
Hike to the right around Lily Lake. Just before the bench head up hill via a climbers trail that doesn't look like much immediately. The trail takes you up along a corridor between the main climbing formations. The Fin is on the right and near the upper end of the corridor and just opposite the Dinosaur's Foot.
AB. Unknown, 9, 1p, 75', TR.
B. East of Eden
, 9, 1p, 85', TR, now bolts.
C. Lost Time
, 7, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
CD. Unknown, 9 R, 1p.
D. Edge of Time
, 9, 1p, 85', bolts.
, 11+, 1p, 100', bolts.
, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
G. Slabbed Up-Side da Head
, 10+, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. CG's Naked Fun Time
, 10-, 1p, bolts.
I. Stegosaurus, 1p, gear.
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Fin
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Fin:
Lost Time 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Dynamometer 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Andrology 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch
Featured Route For The Fin
Edge of Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : The Fin
Follow the trail to the highest point and turn around (right) to see the obvious sharp arete looking back towards the diamond, a beautiful line. Perhaps one of the most scenic climbs in the Estes Park area, without being on a wall somewhere. This route is photographed and is on the front cover of the Gillett guide book for the [Estes Park] valley areas. A spectacular line.... It is now a bolt lead only protected by 4 bolts and a pin. You can toprope this route by scrambling to the top of the wal...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Nate Christiansen
Jan 28, 2003
Checked this area out about a month ago cause I didn't get a chance to climb last summer and the Fin is LOADED with great steep, crimpy, clean routes. I saw about 4 more lines than posted in Gillett's guide. I was doing edge of time 2 summers ago and I overheard someone putting up a 5.13 right in the center of the Fin. Could be wrong.
By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Aug 12, 2007
My father and I have added CHAINS to the climbs Dynamometer and Andrology so that you can lower to the ground/pull your rope/TR, etc without the hastle of walking off.
By Susanne P
Oct 16, 2016
A little extra help on how to find this crag - keep going on the trail right next to the lake shore. When you see a bench with a trail off to the right just before it, start heading up. That trail immediately splits, and you'll want to take the smaller more gravelly trail off to the right. Keep heading up that as it crosses the ridge trail. You can also take the ridge trail up, but the turnoff for the crag trail is a lot harder to spot that way unless you've been there before.
When in doubt, you can actually google maps to 'Edge of Time Rock'.