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Montrose Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.4906, -108.0573 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: kyle sanders on Jun 7, 2009
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Description 

The Dry Creek climbing area over looks Dry Creek Basin East of Montrose. Lots of route possibilities, some bolted with bolted anchors some not. It is all sandstone and can be hard to protect for trad climbing, but a good place if you're in the area and not feeling up to the Black Canyon.

Getting There 

Head East [West?] out of Montrose on E Main Street which then turns into Spring Creek Rd. After a few miles, turn right on 5875 Rd. Follow that until you get to Kiowa Rd and turn left. At Shavano Valley Rd turn left. Go a little ways until you see a parking area, turn there onto rim road. Follow Rim road for a few miles, nothing is marked out here. You'll see a road that follows the power lines, pass that and take the next largish road that is a right turn and follow this to the rim. The road is rough and you'll probably want 4WD or at least something with high clearance.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here


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Rock Climbing Photo: Dry Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Dry Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dry Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Dry Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of Benny Fairchild Illusion, 5.13-.
BETA PHOTO: Photo of Benny Fairchild Illusion, 5.13-.
Rock Climbing Photo: Directions (page 2).
BETA PHOTO: Directions (page 2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Benny Fairchild Illusion.
Benny Fairchild Illusion.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brown Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Brown Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Area classic, 5.11- Arete.
BETA PHOTO: Area classic, 5.11- Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dakota Woodie on a nice boulder (name?) sitting to...
BETA PHOTO: Dakota Woodie on a nice boulder (name?) sitting to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun 5.12- route.
BETA PHOTO: Fun 5.12- route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Map to Dry Creek (page 1).
BETA PHOTO: Map to Dry Creek (page 1).

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By Garry Baker
From: Montrose, CO
Sep 7, 2009
The directions to Dry Creek are okay, but the first line should say, "head west" out of Montrose on Spring Creek road, not east. Also, the Google map "A" symbol is about a mile south of the actual crag.
By scottvan
May 22, 2011
The dry creek area recently changed from an open travel plan to a designate route system, as a result the roads are now marked in the area. To access the climbing area, follow Rim Road to the third designated open road on the right (just before you pass under the METAL power lines). This road runs along the top of the canyon rim above the climbing area. If you stay right at the first fork and take a left at the second fork in this road, it will land you at the top of the climbing area. The roads described here are all legal, open routes designated with an arrow symbol on a sign. Ignore unmarked or closed roads or these directions won't work.
By Nick N
From: Telluride, CO
Feb 29, 2016
After climbing here a couple times, I'm a little confused about the bolting. Why so few anchors? I understand the oldschool, minimalist attitude towards bolting a route, but if a route is bolted, why not just finish it off rather than anchor to a tree 30 ft away? If it's because there's not enough money, then I'd be glad to pitch in a few bucks or something, because there are lots of currently anchorless nice looking 5.11s that I'd love to toprope before leading!
By Matt Lisenby
Mar 2, 2016
History of development is part of the reason. Also, the area is frequented by non-climber redneck types: the bashed/stolen hangers scenario is a real possibility. Don't be stopped by lack of bolted anchors, with a small rack and some long slings, anything here can be top roped with fairly minimal effort.

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