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Gem Lake Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,800'
Location: 40.40987, -105.50329 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 17, 2012

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This is an obvious, short, wide swath of granite that lies above and east of Gem Lake. It may have other names. The rock is shorter on its northern end and rises to near 300 feet on its southern end. Climbers have infrequently ventured onto these faces. There is room for exploration.

The taller face can be divided by 3 main chimneys into 4 main faces.

There are scramble offs of the northern middle and northern face going to the north and hooking up with the trail. There is a scramble off for the southern-most face going to the south and into a brushy gully between this rock and the shorter rock just to the south.

I just heard from Greg Sievers that he put in a 5.9+ route there back a while. Also, I heard that Scott Kimball spent a bit of time there.


A. Squeezeasy, 9- PG-13, 3p, 330', gear.
B. Left of Cleft, 9+, 1p, 100', gear.
C. The Cleft, 9-, 2p, 170', gear.
D. Exemplary Behavior, 9, 2p, 240', gear.

Getting There 

From the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, hike out the eastern trail towards Gem Lake. At ~0.5 miles, you T with the Black Canyon trail. Head east (right) and follow the trail another 1.3 miles to this crag with a net gain of ~1100'. You will see this rock from the trailhead / parking lot. You will get better views from Paul Bunyon's Boot. You can also see this rock from Pulpit Rock and McGraw Ranch. Also, you can see the parking lot from the summit.

Climbing Season

For the Lumpy Ridge area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: GB leading Left of the Cleft on Sept. 2, 2010. Pho...

Left of Cleft 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Lumpy Ridge : Gem Lake Wall
Climb along a small right-leaning fragile flake and place a cam. Move up, then traverse right to a short right-leaning crack. Climb the crack to its end, near the Cleft. Move left and up, into the longer right-leaning crack (on which I am visible in the photo). This crack is thin at first, then steepens awkwardly right (crux, wide hands) before it nears the Cleft. I continued up into the Cleft, to the same belay position that I had used in the cleft (by the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: This is a crag just to the west that looked better...
This is a crag just to the west that looked better...
Rock Climbing Photo: The taller bit of Gem Lake Wall.
The taller bit of Gem Lake Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the shorter side above Gem Lake itself.
This is the shorter side above Gem Lake itself.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown crag just to the south.  The rock is remin...
Unknown crag just to the south. The rock is remin...
Rock Climbing Photo: On Sept 2, 2010, Ross Swanson and I climbed the bi...
On Sept 2, 2010, Ross Swanson and I climbed the bi...

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By George Bracksieck
Dec 15, 2012
Cool to see this. I've looked at these routes for decades. Couple years ago, I found someone to visit with me. Ross Swanson and I did a couple routes, of which I posted a photo on this page.

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