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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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Featured Route For Fern Canyon Rocks
Approaching the crux step across on pitch 2.

Days of Heaven 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
This route is on the Rock of Ages, the first of the cliffs mentioned in the Fern Canyon intro. It is one of the best shorter routes I've ever done, offering fantastic, clean cracks and also some really wild 5.10 moves. Most of the protection is perfect, except for the first pitch. Hike a mile from the Fern Lake trailhead to the Arch Rock campsite (just past the Arch Rocks-- massive boulders, right on the trail, which have tumbled from the cliff. There is some really good bouldering in this a...[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.