The Sundrop Rock Climbing
This small sunny crag lies up on the hill North of the road and faces strongly south, collecting sun in spring and fall on all climbs at least part of the day and on the main face all day. Although the crag is hard to spot from the road, from the belay at the base and upward, sun drenches the crag, perhaps its most inviting attribute.
The rock is generally very good, but on the Eastern side, lichen still covers some of the rock. The warm-up climbs there (the 5.9 and 5.10c) are reasonable at present but would improve more with additional travel or cleaning.
The climbing here is generally technical, small edging, off-angled holds and well protected. Even the bolted climbs here require some gear to protect well though, so take a light rack.
The best climb at this crag is likely A.O.D.
, a 5.11 flake and crack.
To get to this crag, drive up to the upper Saint Vrain 8.3 miles to a long gravel turn off/parking area on the left (south) side of the road on a straight-away. Park at the near end of this and look across the road and back East to a crag peeking out from between some trees. Head back East on the road for perhaps 50 to 100 yards to a point below the crag. Strike uphill on a grassy hillside, dodging cacti here and there for a few hundred yards to the crag base. Good trail shoes are a plus. No poison ivy was seen on this author's visit to the crag.
The total approach time is 5-10 minutes.
Climbing Season For the South Fork of St. Vrain Canyon area.
Weather station 8.9 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For The Sundrop
Bada Boom 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO
: ... : The Sundrop
An exercise in good, but frequently off-angled holds, this route lingers move-to-move somewhere between a jug haul and sloping sidepulls. Luckily, no hard moves are run back to back, so one can figure out the move at hand, then take a rest, repeated to the end. Climb up on good holds to the first bolt then weave left and right (moslty left) past 3 more bolts to a ledge and chain anchors above the route.Climb some easy terrain (5.2?) up to a few good holds to clip the first bolt, then continue ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO