Juniper Pass Rock Climbing
Juniper Pass crag. There seems to be a bit of roc...
The Juniper Pass Crags are located above Evergreen, close to Mount Evans. At approximately 11,000 feet, they offer some respite from the summer heat of Denver/ Boulder. In a beautiful, sub-alpine setting, these seldom climbed crags contain sport and mixed routes on mostly solid stone. However, it is an alpine environment and one should anticipate the usual lichen and occasional loose rock. As always, a helmet and good attitude is recommended.
Travel I-70 west, leaving Denver. Take the Evergreen Parkway (exit 252) and travel south just past Bergen Park. Turn west on Squaw Pass Road (CR 103) towards the Echo Mountain Ski Area (11.7 miles). Travel this road past the ski area to the Juniper Pass Forest Service picnic area (4th picnic area on the left) 4 miles further. Park approximately 0.3 miles past the picnic area on the left side of the road in an obvious pull-out. Facing South, the crags are to the left and a little bit below you. You can actually go 0.1 miles east along the road to a tiny pullout-ish spot, then go left and up a slight bump and then down to the crag. If you find yourself at Echo Lake, you've driven too far.
If you go from Echo Lake's intersection with CR 103 (Squaw Pass Road), you travel 1.5 miles to the pullout. Then, walk 0.1 miles east to the pullout-ish spot, go southeast up a slight incline and then down to the crag.
Walk into the woods looking for cairns to mark the way. Trend to the left left and down. The walk takes about 5 minutes.
Note, with the abundant shotgun shells cleaned up here and nearby, expect that some folks treat this as an outdoor shooting range.
Climbing Season For the Morrison/Evergreen area.
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Juniper Pass
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Juniper Pass:
Featured Route For Juniper Pass
Liken I 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
: ... : Amphitheater Area
This is a great climb. However, the gear down low is in rock of suspect quality. Be solid at the grade if attempting an onsight. Probably 2.5 stars due to this fact.The route starts in a hand crack through Pegmatite. The PG-13 rating is for the starting section, because the crack is formed by some hollow sounding rock. There are some solid sidepulls to the right of the crack that help you from pulling too hard and make this section of climbing fairly easy. Be mindful of the rock quality wh...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
More potential rock to the east.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Aug 25, 2010
Seems like it would make more sense for this area to be under "Idaho Springs".
By Dave Meyers
From: Golden, CO
Sep 13, 2010
I thought it would be more appropriate if it was placed under Mt. Evans as the views of the Black Wall and Evans are just in the background. Oh well; killer crag on good stone. Nice job, and thanks for all the hard work.
By Laura Pyle
From: Evergreen, CO
May 7, 2012
The cliffs are pretty much right under the picnic area. We were there a couple of days ago and some kid was throwing rocks off the top. Be careful.