Chris rappels off.
This is the strata 2 layers behind Pulpit Rock. It is rather much broader than tall. From the parking area, the upper left face appears quite smooth and less featured. The left edge and top of this rock are on the skyline from the parking area. There is a somewhat clogged slope behind this strata. To descend off the top of the left side, we slung a decent-sized horn and rapped 30' off a biner. Given the lack of an obvious downclimb or scramble off, this side of the rock appears to have been unclimbed or at least previously unsummited.
The right side has been explored a bit. Someone has a 2 bolt anchor above a lone protection bolt on the face. There are at least 6 other lines up there. You can make a circuitous ascent in excess of 600' of climbing here. To descend the right side from its top, you scramble down a gully off the summit and skirt a tower on its west and north sides down to hiking terrain. You can also rappel off 2 bare bolts & hangers ~85' up or rappel off a natural thread ~190' up.
Note, in early season, the cave up at mid-height can have ice making A Way To The Top
difficult to ascend.
Finally, this area can have ticks in the spring. Do your tick checks.
L->R: Left Side
A. Grits 'n' Gravy
, 10+, 1p, bolt(s) & gear, 130'.
B. Crystal Overpass
, 7 R, 2p, gear.
C. Crystal Highway
, 7 PG-13, 3p, gear, 340'. Right Side
, 6 PG-13, 1p, 160', gear.
E. Grits with Eggs Over-Easy
, 8+ PG-13, 2p, 200', gear.
F1. A Way To The Top
, 8- T1, 3p, 450', gear.
F2. Is This Your Crack?
, 7, 1p, 120' or 190', gear.
above F2. March Madness
, 8+, 3p, 350', gear.
G. Face With Bolt Route
, 11+, 1p, 80', bolt & gear.
H. Step Up Or Step Aside
, 10+, 1p, 115' or 150', bolts & gear.
above H. Crack, project.
Go east past the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, go northward on a dirt road to the small (14 car?) parking area perhaps 2 miles in. Head north from the McGraw Ranch trailhead onto National Forest land. There is a cairned trail once you get 150 yards from the barn. Go up and left to the base of the rock we're calling First Pew. You can climb Features on a Slabscape
and link it to a route on this rock or you can skirt around the base of First Pew and gain the gully between First Pew and Second Pew.
This crag appears to be on Comanche Wilderness land, so power drills are not allowed. Also, they prefer camoflauged hangers.
Cell phone reception
From some checking, it seems you can get a Verizon signal here, but you can't get a AT&T or Cricket signal here.
Climbing Season For the Estes Park Valley area.
Weather station 3.7 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Second Pew
Crystal Highway 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : Second Pew
This is a climb that is far better featured than it appears from a distance, thus significantly reducing its difficulty. There is some really nice, low-end to moderate climbing that makes this fun. In some places it reminds you of some of the better rock in Big Thompson Canyon, like Jug Dome, or a fresher Combat Rock.P1. Start in a left-facing offwidth (crux) with limited pro. Aim for a crack above. Connect this to the obvious, big, right-facing dihedral that protects with far smaller pro than...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Possible line above the bolts?
Right side of Second Pew. Interesting possibiliti...
A micro arch from the east side.
Bud Saults tops out Vegan.