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Lens Rock  


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Location: 40.40989, -105.54441 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Holly Barnard on Jun 4, 2002
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Lens Rock from near the base on the left side.

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Description 

Lens Rock is a 1-2 pitch crag located between the Bookend and the Citadel. It consists of mostly easy to moderate trad lines and couple of stiffer mixed routes. This small crag does offer a variety of fun climbing - chimney, off-width, finger to fist cracks and some face climbing too. I wouldn't consider this crag to be a destination, but it is worth a stop off to get another line in for the day if you are in the general area.

Climbs that ascend the actual lens feature of Lens Rock have rap anchors at the top. Most other climbs use a walk/scramble off to the east in the gully between Lens Rock and the Bookend. This walk off is not pleasant nor is it obvious. Work your way down a path of least resistance and be prepared for some 4th class scrambling/downclimbing.

Getting There 

Lens Rock is most easily accessed from other crags. Take the Black Canyon Trail to the Bookend or to the Pear. From the Bookend: head west below the Bookend across the gully and you'll run into Lens Rock. From the Pear: head up and east the descent gully on the east (right) side of the Pear.

Lens Rock is easily identified by two features: its SE face that is shaped like a lens and a large balanced rock on its summit with crack lines running up to it.

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Weather station 2.4 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lens Rock:
Arch Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Tennis Shoe Tango   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For Lens Rock
TST in the middle, Arch Crack can be seen on the right.

Tennis Shoe Tango 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CO : Lumpy Ridge : Lens Rock
This route is the very obvious, low angle hand to mild off-width crack located on the left side of the crag. It is located just right of the large right facing dihedral and the line heads straight for the balanced rock at the summit.Traverse up and right across easy gound to the start of the crack. Not much to say after this... climb the crack that is hands for most of it with a couple moves of tricky, but mild off-width (protects [easily] with #3.5 Camalot). When you hit the steep head...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Lens Rock from near the base on the right side.  Routes visible are The Spectacle 9 R (with 2 bolts visible from the ground) & Ellipse 12a (up & R).  Optic Nerve 9 X & The Frame 8 are around to the right of this photo.
Lens Rock from near the base on the right side. R...

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By Jim McGuire
Sep 16, 2003
Considering the dearth of easy-moderate climbs on Lumpy, I wouldn't discount Lens Rock as a destination. I have done it more than once, but then I'm a timid climber. And the descent isn't that bad, certainly a lot worse out there.