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As far as I know, there is only one route on this formation. The rock is granite like everything else in the Big Thompson Canyon. Not very good in the summer as it is full on South facing.
Going from Estes Park to Loveland on US Hwy 34. Drive about 1.5 miles from the town of Drake (the turnoff for the Monastary and Combat Rock). Park in a big dirt pullout by the Dam. Hike up a gully North of the parking lot for about 30 minutes to the base of the obvious skull formation.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skull Rock:
The Temple 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Inca Gold 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Skull Fracture 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Trad, 2 pitches
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The Temple 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Skull Rock
This mixed route climbs the arete to the left of Skull Fracture. Begin in an easy crack, or on the face to the cracks right(5.9s), and work your way up to a bolt. Follow a couple more bolts straight up to a small roof at the base of a left-leaning groove. Clip a bolt and mantle over to a stance. Place a piece into the crack on the right, and make a balancy 11a no hands move over to the crack. Follow the flared 5.9 crack to its top with good gear. Move up left to the next roof and cl...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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