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Wizard's Gate

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Afterlife  S 
Black Magic  S 
Book of Spells T 
Cloak and Dagger S 
Crystal Staircase S 
Dark Horse S 
Dead End  T 
Fantasia T 
G3 S 
Gatekeeper, The S 
Guillotine, The S 
Magic Carpet Ride  S 
Magic Dagger S 
Merlin's Magic Corner T 
Ravenclaw T 
Riding with the Ravens S 
Take Me to Your Leader S 
Witchway Arete S 
Wizard's Path S 

Wizard's Gate Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,200'
Location: 40.30365, -105.52234 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jonathan Siegrist on Aug 23, 2009
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North of the prominent central buttress on the lower great face lies a severely overhanging alcove and an array of tall, beautiful slabs. This area has been recently developed into a fresh single pitch sport and trad climbing destination in the Estes Park Valley. The Wizard's Gate lies at above 10,000 feet and thus can feel very alpine at times (aka bring an extra layer and prepare for heavy breathing). The slabs remain in the shade until late afternoon and the alcove never sees sun, making it a perfect summer area. Dubbed 'The Wizard's Gate' for good reason, one should expect to find some truly magical climbing here along with exceptional views and brilliant summer conditions.

Getting There 

Across CO Highway 7 from Lily Lake, just south of Estes Park, there is a dirt road that eventually dead ends. Park somewhere along the right side of this road. Follow the Twin Sisters Trail until the 3rd switchback, where you should continue straight (north-northeast) and look for a moderately well-traveled climber's trail. The trail winds through the forest and occasionally through small boulderfields until you reach the base of the Lower Great Face. Shoot for the protruding Central Buttress and continue around to the north side.

Once you hike the trail correctly, you will find your way every time, but until you do, you may very well get lost. If all else fails, head uphill and towards the giant granite face. The hike is 30 minutes at a steady pace, knowing where you are going. It is 45 minutes at a normal pace.


A. Fantasia, 12- R, 1p, 60', gear.
B. Dark Horse, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Witchway Arete, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.
D1. Variation, 11, 1p, 95', TR.
D2. Ravenclaw, 9+ or 10+, 1p, 1p, 95'.
E. Riding With The Ravens, 11, 1p, 95', bolts.
F1. G3, 10+, 1p, 95', bolts.
F2. Crystal Staircase, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.
G. Dead End, 9, 1p, 50', gear.
H. The Guillotine, 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
continuining above H. Afterlife, 12+, 110', bolts.
IJ. Merlin's Magic Corner, 10, 1p, 90', gear.
J. Wizard's Path, 11-, 1p, 90', bolts.
K. Take Me To Your Leader, 11+, 1p, 90', bolts.
L. The Gatekeeper, 12- PG-13, 1p, 90', bolts.
M. Magic Carpet Ride , 13+, 1p, 90', bolts.
MN. Magic Dagger, 13-, 1p, 90', bolts.
NM. Black Magic , 14-, 1p, 100', bolts.
N. Cloak and Dagger, 13, 1p, 100', bolts.
O. Book of Spells, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wizard's Gate

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wizard's Gate:
Crystal Staircase   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Merlin's Magic Corner   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Dark Horse   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wizard's Path   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
G3   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Riding with the Ravens   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Take Me to Your Leader   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Gatekeeper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Afterlife    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Magic Dagger   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Cloak and Dagger   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Magic Carpet Ride    5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Wizard's Gate
Rock Climbing Photo: 'I wanna top rope that, take me to your leader!'

Take Me to Your Leader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Wizard's Gate
You might want to empty your bladder before a lead on this stunning climb.Move up a right-leaning ramp before reaching out left to the first holds and clip. Climb up a mostly featured slab and through increasingly technical ground to an overlap. Clip up and fire an awesome series of moves through a small arching corner. From a horizontal crack, clip up and take a few deep breaths before entering the technical (and mental) crux slab. This panel of rock is amazing and will surely leave a lasting i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Wizard's Gate Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of the Cave Area.
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the Cave Area.
Rock Climbing Photo: General location map.
BETA PHOTO: General location map.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of the Face Area
Topo of the Face Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Hike out.
Hike out.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wizard's Gate - Cloak and Dagger.
Wizard's Gate - Cloak and Dagger.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Face Area of Wizard's Gate with climbers on Th...
The Face Area of Wizard's Gate with climbers on Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: B-Real be Belaying at the Wizard's Gate.
B-Real be Belaying at the Wizard's Gate.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan Siegrist making it all happen.
Jonathan Siegrist making it all happen.
Rock Climbing Photo: View from Wizard's Gate.
View from Wizard's Gate.

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By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Aug 23, 2009
Truly magic up here.. Big thanks to Dr. Bob, Ben 'B-Real' Randolph, Phat Kat and Ron Lenz, Al and Peg Czecholinski and Kurt 'Hard Rock' Krueger. We have all had a ball running laps on these brilliant routes- hope you do to!

You can expect a number of additions within the next few weeks, but in the mean time there is plenty to sink your teeth into. Enjoy!
By Theo Colameco
From: Boulder,Co.
Aug 24, 2009
Thanks for posting the new routes!! My partner Bill and I saw y'all heading up there last Thursday after we did the Kor Route on the LGF!! Now we can crag the crags!!
By Kelly Cordes
Aug 27, 2009
What an awesome crag -- many thanks to Jonathan and his crew for putting up some terrific routes here (and thanks for the tour!). Though currently not a ton of routes at this particular spot, it's possibly the best single-pitch crag (i.e. not including Lumpy, the Park, etc) around Estes, IMO. Really cool rock and great climbing, in a truly gorgeous setting. Well worth the visit, and hopefully more routes will go in -- seems there's plenty of potential for more.
By Hard Rock
From: Missoula, MT
Sep 8, 2009

Can I go by "Hard Rock" rather than Diet Coke. That's the pen name I used when I did some writing in the '80s.
By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Sep 10, 2009
You got it, Hard Rock!!
By Jim Redo
Sep 27, 2009
Just a note. Dogs are not allowed up there. Found out the hard way. Drove all the way up there and didn't realize this crag is in RMNP.
By jason seaver
From: Estes Park, CO
Sep 27, 2009
The Crags are actually in Roosevelt National Forest, but when you access them from the Twin Sisters trail you have to cross National Park land. If you approach from the Baldpate Inn, across Rt. 7 from Lily Lake, you stay on National Forest land the entire day. The Wizard's Gate, being on the southern end of the Crags, is probably most efficiently approached from the Twin Sisters trail but it's not that much faster than the Baldpate approach. I suspect the route and bolt counts would be much lower if they had to drill by hand.
By acouncell
From: Estes Park, CO
Jul 3, 2010
We had a great time climbing up there today...psyched on the route/rock quality. Very well done with bolts/pro always where you want it. Thank you Seigrists, Benny, all you've inspired me to climb in the Crags. Can't wait to get back up there!
By Bronson
From: Estes Park, CO
Aug 11, 2010
Is there a map or the routes? Planning to go up Friday morning if anyone wants to join. Thanks, B
By Joe Collins
Jul 13, 2012
What is the Baldpate Inn approach beta? Thanks.

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