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By Scotty Nelson
Mar 5, 2008
|Went to this area last weekend -- got a little lost and it took 2+ hours to get there (with the bushwacking). I think 45 mins is pretty optimistic.|
Mar 7, 2008
Realistically, allow about 1.5 hours to reach the crag. If you have been here before, have the approach dialed and are fit, you could certainly do it faster. It is about 2.1 miles from the car to the base of Walt's Rocks over sometimes rough terrain.
If you get off route, you could easily take longer.
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 7, 2011
Somehow we managed to nail the correct trail first go, but even so, it still took us 1:45 minutes to get to Lower Walts. A couple things to watch for on your way in:
1) The approach gully is pretty obvious from the road you walk in on. When you near the top of the gully and right before you actually crest the top of the ridge, there will be two large cairns sitting ~7ft apart from each other. Take a SHARP left here even though the trail is not very obvious. If you were to continue going straight, you may be suckered by other cairns and views of large chunks of rock to the northeast. I have no idea what they are, but they are the wrong direction. Once you have made the sharp left, continue towards a small hill (which you will skirt on the left), picking up a good trail with cairns that crest a second ridge. From this ridge you can easily see Walts.
2) After the second ridge crest, on the way into the valley in front of Walts, be sure to stay on the well-traveled, well-cairned trail that dips into the valley and back up to Walts. We tried not to lose elevation in the valley by heading right along the hillside, following the occasional faint trail or cairn but the extra bushwacking time was not worth it.
3) The climbs here are worth the hike!
Feb 3, 2013
|The trail is well established at this point and well cairned but your eyes peeled for important intersections.|
By Phil Esra
Feb 4, 2013
In hindsight, Dan's point #1 above is extremely important (and well explained). If you miss this turn, you will happily continue on a well-traveled, frequently cairned trail that takes you out of your way. Miramontes has a good picture in his bouldering book (probably in his roped climb book too).
Took us 3 hours going in "the long way" with bonus scrambling, and less than 2 hours at a leisurely pace in the dark on the way out.