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McGregor Slab

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 40.40851, -105.5854 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

McGregor Slab is a large dome high above US Hwy. 34 as it leads out of Estes Park towards the north (Fall River Road) entrance to RMNP....it is at the RMNP village campground and lodge, just look north and up slope and you cannot miss this large, 700 foot dome with numerous dihedrals running up towards the summit. Many easy to moderate climbs of 5 and 6 pitches lead to the impressive summit...rock quality is good and the climbing is less than vertical but fun and routes are long. It is popular due to the easy/moderate routes available but still much less popular than Lumpy Ridge climbs. The elevation of the parking area is 8200 ft.

Addendum: watch for ticks here in the spring.


Getting There 

Park at the village lodge parking lot and cross street and hike through campground and follow obvious path that leads uphill for 30 minutes to the base of the crag. The trail starts just right of two grey structures.


Access issue update 

Per Greg Sievers Update 4-09:
1. campground is now defunct.
2. new Della-Terra lodge owners are very cool about climber access.
3. do not park on the Della-Terra paved areas.
4. Parking available in NPS lot on south side of highway
5. parking also available in Hwy roadside dirt lot.
6. hike up ravine to east side of Della-Terra lodge.
7. all climbers that choose to top-out, I would recommend descending to the west. Some guidebooks say east; but you'll hate that choice.
8. restrooms & water (and snacks) available at NP Village North next to RMNP visitors center across the highway.


6 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for McGregor Slab:
Left Standard   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Right Standard   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   
Indirect   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   
Camel Toe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 940'   
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The flake belay at the end of the third pitch.

Left Standard 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : McGregor Slab
Although treated rather dismissively by most guide books, this is one of the better easy routes to be found out there. It is relatively long,(3-4 pitches), nicely exposed and has a fine position high above the Fall River Valley. As for most McGregor routes, the endless options for variation have caused confusion in identifying the designated path. Yet, the left side of the slab has some more well defined features that set it apart. I suppose this could be done in 2 60m pitches, but for conve...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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McGregor Slab. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
McGregor Slab.
Photo by Blitzo.
A few of these guys were hanging out on the trail.
A few of these guys were hanging out on the trail.
McGregor Slab from the Fall River Road Visitor's Center
McGregor Slab from the Fall River Road Visitor's C...
Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campground now defunct 4/09).
Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campgr...
Roadside parking on north side of Hwy 34. Approach on east side of Della-Terra.
Roadside parking on north side of Hwy 34. Approach...
Whats's wrong with this approach?  This is where you end up if you go the wrong way....
Whats's wrong with this approach? This is where y...
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By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 30, 2009

Update 4-09
1. campground is now defunct.
2. new Della-Terra lodge owners are very cool about climber access.
3. do not park on the Della-Terra paved areas.
4. Parking available in NPS lot on south side of highway
5. parking also available in Hwy roadside dirt lot.
6. hike up ravine to east side of Della-Terra lodge.
7. all climbers that choose to top-out, I would recommend descending to the west. Some guidebooks say east; but you'll hate that choice.
8. restrooms & water (and snacks) available at NP Village North next to RMNP visitors center across the highway.

By Scott Matz
From: Loveland, CO
Sep 28, 2009

Great slab, with excellent rock. One of my favorite approaches (LOL). I'd say this is better than Grey Rock, or Cedar Park slab by far.

By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Jun 17, 2011

Does anyone know if Della-Terra minds if you walk up their driveway? This would be the best approach if it's allowed, since the well marked trail starts on the hill right behind/above the lodge. If you want to avoid their property, hike up the gully to the East, but make sure to traverse left to meet the good trail. We tried to follow the gully all the way up and wound up bush-whacking. At least we found the trail on the way down....