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Fern Canyon Rocks

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Rock Of Ages 

Fern Canyon Rocks 


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Location: 40.352, -105.65683 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jan 1, 2001
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Description 

A secret paradise of the Park that is popular with hikers yet sees very little climbing activity. It has a few climbs on par with anything at Lumpy Ridge, and the views from the climbs are serene and beautiful. Days of Heaven (5.10+) is as good as any shorter route I've ever done. Descent: each of the routes will include descent beta.


Getting There 

Drive into the Park, get on Bear Lake Road, and turn off right after a mile or so onto Moraine Park Road. Follow signs to the Fern Lake trailhead at the end of the road. The Rock of Ages, identified as an exceptionally clean-looking, 250 foot cliff, laced with a cobweb of faint cracks, is accessed via a scramble up talus to the right from the Arch Rocks Campsite, about a mile down the trail. [Gnome] Dome, the Colossus, and the Moot Point Apron require 1/2 mile more of hiking to a bridge, where one can bushwack up the hill to the right to an assortment of cliffs--check the route descriptions for more details.


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19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',8],['5.11',1],['5.12',5],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fern Canyon Rocks:
Colossus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Grade II   The Lost World
Nameless Demons   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Rock Of Ages
Days of Heaven   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Center Dihedral   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Desolation Angels   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Rock Of Ages
Celestial Gate   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Hats Off   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Greensleeves   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rock Of Ages
Heavenly Daze   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rock Of Ages
The Wasp   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Rock Of Ages
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The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
The Wasp may be THE best single pitch, trad, granite route of its style and difficulty in Colorado! There are a couple single-pitch routes in CO that come close, but this is a unique gem combining great rock, super aesthetic moves, and great pro. In my opinion, California fine-grained granite has always catered to more memorable crack pitches than almost anywhere in CO, except for this very spot (and parts of the Platte). A word about ratings…I had heard a couple comments from climbers who felt...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By ?????
Dec 28, 2003

Just wanted to know how all enjoyed the steps out of the creek trail and the bridge on the Fern Canyon trail. I helped to build them. It was quite a project.