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Wolcott Crags and Boulders

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Wolcott Crags and Boulders  


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Description 

Wolcott Crags are an excellent leg-stretching stopping point on any I-70 trip since access is very short and the climbing is varied and interesting. The crags are located above I-70 near the town of Wolcott. These short cliffs are Dakota Sandstone and very good for top ropes and easy trad climbing. There are several bolted sport routes although some of questionable safety due to potential rockfall. The First Tier is five minutes from the road and the Second Tier offers some decent trad and bolted routes for a 20 minute hike. There are some good boulders and camping as well. The south facing crags are often open for climbing all winter long.

Getting There 

From I-70 east or west, take the Wolcott/CO Highway 131 exit and head west on US Highway 6. Approximately 1/2 mile past the Wolcott Yacht Club (great eats and drinks) a small pull-out provides parking for the First Tier. There is a house with large windows on top of this crag. Cross the Eagle River on an old railroad bridge and follow the trails to one of two crags.

For the Second Tier and the boulders, continue on US Highway 6 for a mile or so until you reach a fee camping area. The boulders are right at the parking lot. The Second Tier is above to the west. Find your way across another old railway bridge east of the campsites and follow the tracks west to a trail that heads up the hill to the base of the crag.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.9 miles from here

50 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',8],['5.10',6],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',8],['V2-3',14],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wolcott Crags and Boulders:
V0   V0 4     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
V1 AKA Black Crack   V1 5     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
West Face   V1-2 5     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
V2 aka Double Crux Deluxe   V2 5+     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
In the Sun   V2 5+     Boulder   Waterside Boulder
North West Corner   V2 5+     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
Penalty Game   V4- 6B     Boulder, 16'   Cave Boulder
Golden Years   V5 6C     Boulder   Waterside Boulder
V5-6   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
Chupacabra   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Scarpa Diem   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Eagle Wall
El Gecko   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
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Penalty Game V4- 6B  CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : Cave Boulder
Start on the huge jug in the "cave", and move to the left. Instead of getting on the wall, go underneath the boulder and back out on top. The crux is the first move, going from the huge hold to being underneath the rock (while not hitting your head) and not dragging on the ground. From there, move on upward on some good crimps and top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By logan johnson
From: West Copper, Co
Nov 8, 2007
Just an access FYI. The Wolcott crags are on private land. Until now, the homeowner was fine with climbers....But he is selling his house!!!
The new owners may not be as cool, so keep a low profile.
By Bec
From: Vail, CO
Feb 1, 2009
Yeah and be careful - don't go when the Canadian geese are migrating 'cause they leave a lot of crap - literally.
By AllanonJIK
From: Edwards Co
Sep 10, 2011
Area closed.
By AllanonJIK
From: Edwards Co
Sep 18, 2011
Area closed.
By logan johnson
From: West Copper, Co
Dec 21, 2011
ACCESS UPDATE - The entire Trestle and CMC areas are now off-limits. The house finally sold and the new owners are more than happy to call the cops on climbers and fishermen (even for trespassing on land that is not theirs!).
By Mikie Eaton
From: Grand Junction, CO
May 15, 2012
How much is available to climb now that the Trestle and CMC areas are off limits?
By Chase Devitt
Jun 19, 2012
Has anyone tried to contact the new owners and find out why they're being jerks?? Maybe some of the climbing community leaders (Bag and Pack guys/Apex guys) could try to foster a relationship and salvage the area?
By Mahjoe
Oct 3, 2012
It seems some of the locals in this community where I live seem to enjoy the ambiguity of Wolcott. The ONLY off limit areas are the Trestle and CMC area. Elsewhere, such as the Upper Tier, the Eagle Wall, and Milk Creek are all still good to go and are super fun. I may get some flack for this, but while I respect those that have put up these routes, I also respect that fact that everyone has a right to enjoy them.

I will start to publish what I know about this area, and while some may not like it, I simply say, shut up and climb.