Gem Lake Wall Rock Climbing
On the hike back, Twin Owls gets some nice lightin...
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.
, 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.
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.
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Gem Lake Wall
Exemplary Behavior 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
: Lumpy Ridge
: Gem Lake Wall
This is a line on the right side of the southern-most face of Gem Lake Wall. It ascends a right-facing dihedral and exits in a V-slot. It is not sustained, but it is fun. As a result, it is on the lean side of 2 stars, 1.75 probably.P1. Climb up a low angle, right-facing dihedral through 2 steeper sections to a stance. Down low, maybe 20-25' up, try to put something in the crack to keep the rope out as you go right around a bulge. Pro for the belay includes large wires & a red Alien. 5.7, ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
This is a crag just to the west that looked better...
The taller bit of Gem Lake Wall.
This is the shorter side above Gem Lake itself.
Unknown crag just to the south. The rock is remin...
On Sept 2, 2010, Ross Swanson and I climbed the bi...
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.