Hatchery Rock Rock Climbing
The Hatchery Rocks are a few boulders right on the road up the Poudre Canyon named for their proximity to a trout fish hatchery. There's actually only one main granite block worth climbing on but it's a great block with V0-V5 problems. With a 10 second approach, you can easily climb on this bouder as a warm up before exploring the Bog, the 420's, or your new favorite secret climbing spot further up the road.
This rock is found in Benningfield's Colorado Bouldering guide.
The one good boulder has about 6 unnamed problems on it's eastern and northern flanks. A couple are minor highballs, all on perfect stone, with flat landings. A seam traverse cuts along the east face of the boulder but the straight up problems are the best lines. The northern face (away from the road) has a myriad of flat edges and slopers on which you can devise your own eliminate testpieces. You just might blow yourself out before you ever get to the 420's.
Hatchery Rocks is located up the Poudre Canyon on Highway 14. From Ted's Place (the intersection of Hwy 14 and Hwy 287), zero your odometer and drive 38.1 miles west on Highway 14. If you forgot to zero your odometer at Ted's place, then this area is 6.8 miles west of the Rustic Resort, a small bar/store with a neon trout sign.
The rocks are 10 feet north of the road. If you see the sign for the state trout fish hatchery, then you went about 100 yards too far west.
Climbing Season For the West of Rustic area.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
Featured Route For Hatchery Rock
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 19, 2005
it's been renamed tick rock, and as the name implies, watch out. the blood sucking bastards are everywhere. it's probably better left for the winter, or not at all considering there is only one rock up there and it's pretty damn small. better to just visit the 420's
Sep 30, 2015
Still a good roadside warmup if you're going up to Merlin.