This area is a very secluded sheer face that faces Southeast just near the top of Palisade Mountain. Anyone who is a climber can't help but stare at Palisade Mountain as they drive West toward Estes Park in the Big Thompson Canyon. This wall caught my attention back in 1999, as I'm sure it has many others making the same journey. It sits high on the left hand summit skyline and is the sheerest, cleanest looking wall on the entire mountain. From the road below, you can make out the splitter crack running up its middle, and for all of you who are putting the pieces together reading this...that crack is every bit as good as it looks!!
Approach One: Hike to the Horse Head and wrap Northeast around its Eastern side along a bench that will lead you to the base of the wall with a short scramble up 2nd class at its end. "Note" when hiking along the bench, if you stay along the Eastern shoulder, the approach will be much easier.
Approach 2: Climb the Horse Head to its summit for a warmup, scramble off the back towards the Northeast and hike to through the saddle to the base of the wall.
Climbing Season For the Palisade Mountain area.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
3 Total Routes
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First let me start by saying that I can't possibly claim the first ascent of this incredible splitter; however, I can claim that it is, "an incredible splitter!" This is the center crack in the face just left of the large, laser cut roof at the bottom of the cliff.P1. Start with some hard to protect moves getting into the crack, then climb straight up with mostly hands for almost 200'. It ends with an angling hand traverse right to a good stance. P2. Continue up the crack up with some ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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