Cottontail Crag Rock Climbing
A small but very worthy crag outside Estes Park. It receives full sun and offers a small selection of hard routes. A few cracks (5.10 and 5.11) and a handful of sport pitches. All the routes are worth doing, but don't miss Cottontail Right, the right of the two cracks (5.11c) and Destroyer (5.12a) the bolted pitch just to the right.
Take US Highway 36 west out of Estes Park, veer left on Spur 66 and follow it to its end. One can see the crag up and left from the cul de sac. Park and hike up and follow the power lines for about 10 minutes. The crag should be just up on your left. It can be identified by two nice cracks on its west side, and four (?) sport lines on its southern side.
Climbing Season For the Estes Park Valley area.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Cottontail Crag
Pay at the Pump 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CO
: Estes Park Valley
: Cottontail Crag
This is the right most bolted line on the South East face of Cottontail Crag and gets good sun until mid afternoon. Most people are happy with just quickdraws but other small gear is available low on the route. Make a 5.10a move passing the first bolt and cruise to the ledge at the third bolt. Things are hard from here on out with the crux coming right at the end. We graded this route a little harder originally but consensus seems to be that this is the least severe 5.11 on the crag. To est...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 12, 2002
Tread carefully around the campground just beyond the caul-de-sac. The owners aren't very climber-friendly. Proabably best to go up to the reservoir, another 100 yards up, and cut over to the trail from there. It isn't necessary to follow the power lines as there is a reasonable trail which can easily be found from the res.