West Sector / The Sanctuary
The western region of Castle Rocks is the furthest most area in the park as well as the most obscure. The Sanctuary is just that, a sacred, quiet, solemn climbing area with lots of rock to explore. If you're into a hike and open to adventure, The Sanctuary is your place. A newer, clear trail helps gain access to this remote area and leads into the heart of the climbing. This is a cool area with plenty of moderates, expect a lot of mixed routes and cracks. Explore The Sanctuary with an open sense of adventure and a good attitude. A 60 meter rope will suffice; bring slings, draws, and a rack. Plan to build some anchors and prepare to walk-off some routes.
From Castle Rocks
folow the main trail north of the parking lot towards Comp Rock
, Aim left looking for the Johnson Creek
sign and trail. Continue along the trail for about 30 minutes or a half-mile until you reach aspen groves and a cluster of small crags. See individual crags for more directions.
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
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