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McGregor Slab

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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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McGregor Slab from the Fall River Road Visitor's C...

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...the 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 feet.

Addendum: watch for ticks here in the spring.

L->R:

A. Flatiron of the Rockies variation of Left Standard, 7 PG-13, 4p, 890', gear.
B. Left Standard, 2-7, 3-5p, 600-900', gear.
C. Up, 8, 6p, 900', gear.
DF1. Overhang, 7, 5p, 900', gear.
E. Camel Toe, 9+, 5p, 800', bolts & gear.
F1. Lubrication, 9 X, 6p, 900', gear.
F2C. Lube Direct variation, 9 X, 5p, gear.
GH3. Direct, 7, 4p, gear.
H1. Miss Direct, 7, 6p, 900', gear.
H2. Mr. Direct variation, 7, 3p, gear.
H3. Indirect, 7, 5p, 900', gear.
I1I2. Incorrect, 7, 3p, gear.
I2. Climbing With The Camel Man, 8, 5-6p, 900', gear.
J. Right Standard, 6, 4p, gear.
KJ. Rag Head variation, 8, 1p, gear.
L. Camel Jockey, 7, 3p, gear.
M. Double Hump, 8, 5p, gear.
N. Scramble, 0, 4p, gear.

Getting There 

Park at the Fall River Visitor Center/village lodge parking lot, cross street, hike east of the new lodge/cabins up a gully, and follow obvious path that leads angling left and uphill for 30 minutes to the base of the crag. The trail starts in a gully:

Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campgr...
Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campground now defunct 4/09).

Access issue update 

Per Greg Sievers Update 4-09:
1. The campground is now defunct.
2. The 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 Highway 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['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 McGregor Slab:
Left Standard   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Right Standard   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Overhang   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 660'   
Indirect   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   
Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   
Camel Toe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 940'   
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Featured Route For McGregor Slab
The flake belay at the end of the third pitch.

Left Standard 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : McGregor Slab
Although treated rather dismissively by most guidebooks, 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

Photos of McGregor Slab Slideshow Add Photo
A few of these guys were hanging out on the trail.
A few of these guys were hanging out on the trail.
MacGregor in shadow. Tracy Roach photo.
BETA PHOTO: MacGregor in shadow. Tracy Roach photo.
A start for Left Standard on McGregor Slab.
BETA PHOTO: A start for Left Standard on McGregor Slab.
McGregor Slab.  Photo by Blitzo.
McGregor Slab. Photo by Blitzo.
Roadside parking on north side of US Hwy 34. Appro...
Roadside parking on north side of US Hwy 34. Appro...
What's wrong with this approach?  This is where yo...
What's wrong with this approach? This is where yo...
Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campgr...
Hike up this ravine to east of Della-Terra (campgr...
We found this RMNP boundary sign on a tree marking...
BETA PHOTO: We found this RMNP boundary sign on a tree marking...

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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....
By Scott McMahon
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2014
There is an actual climber's trail at the top of the driveway that starts out looking like a runoff trail, but it is the start of the climber's trail. You can bushwhack too up the ravine, too, but it's my understanding the owners don't have an issue. We did however try to keep "out of sight/out of mind" as much as possible while on the property.

Please post up if you know otherwise.
By Russ Keane
Sep 17, 2014
This place is awesome. Super cool, great quality, multi-pitch climbing! Mostly slabby, with interesting corners, cracks, flakes, and dihedrals. Reminded me a bit of Whitehorse Ledge in New Hampshire but with more features to use as pro!

The access is fine. The inn does not mind. An employee in a golf cart gave us a lift up the hill from the street to the gully.