First pitch from US Highway 34 bypass.
If you like adventurous, sketchy, and watch your every step climbing you'll love The Ledges. These moderate trad lines were once stomping grounds for Layton Kor in the early '60s. The rock here is very solid as a macro structure, but they can seem rather loose the whole way. Watch your belay stations as each ledge has a lot of loose scree and talus. Note: there are overhanging bulges to belay under; to protect from rock fall.
Go west on US 34 to the Narrows of the Big Thompson. Park at the pull off for the Practice Wall, and the guard rail trad line (US Highway 34 bypass). Continue east jumping the rail and scrambling down a horizontal ramp to the base of the ledges just infront of the river bend. Pick a line. The approach is only 5 minutes from the car, but the descent is a bit tricky, I wouldn't rap off, due to a lot of loose rock and possibly a stuck rope. Head west at the top of the canyon to find a west decent gully, you might have one rappel if you're lucky.
Climbing Season For the Beige Tube Area / The Narrows area.
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For The Ledges
The Classic 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : The Ledges
We started on the far right of the ledges under a small, left-facing dihedral.P1. Work up and to the left for best pro options, 80 feet of (5.8+). It is runout after 80 feet to the first Terrace (5.7). Top out 20 feet east of big tree. 160-180' in total per J Marsella.P2. It is in the middle of the wall just under a bulge. Belay here because it protects belayer from falling rock. This is the 120 foot crux pitch, due to sparse placments and loose rock (5.8).P3. This is the shortest pitch aroun...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
I believe this is Layton Kor on the ledges.
The second belay located under the ledge.
By Scott Matz
From: Loveland, CO
Apr 13, 2009
I've always wondered about the climbing here, but it is in fact solid in a lot of places.