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Rock Of Ages 

Fern Canyon Rocks  


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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jan 1, 2001
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Cody Scarpella on "The Wasp".

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.7 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['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',6],['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
Rapping over to checkout the line. Pitch Perfect starts on The Wasp and follows the thin black streak to the top of the wall.

Pitch Perfect 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
This is an undercover classic. Start as for The Wasp, and climb to the top of the easy flake to the jug rest. Where The Wasp busts straight up the crack, follow a thin seam left placing small gear (00-000 TCU or blue-black Alien) out to the prominent black streak. When the holds run out, clip a bolt, and power straight up the prominent black streak passing 5 bolts. Finish up a glory 5.10 layback on small cams (blue-green Alien)....[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.