Zappa's Tooth is a 175' high secluded crag with really good rock and an outstanding view of the Allenspark valley, Mt. Meeker, and Wild Basin. Since it faces west, it enjoys afternoon sun and at 9,100' is perfect for the roasting days of summer. Route locations are generally listed with reference to "the Cavity", which is the large recessed alcove in the center-left of the face. The character of this rock is really full of features. The steep sections are often easier than they look. Knobular protuberances are everywhere.
The crag is located in proximity to The Ironclads and Punk Rock (see the map below). Take CO Highway 7 to Bunce School Road. This road has been greatly improved recently (summer 2011) due to logging activity in the area. Follow Bunce School road to the Punk Rock turn-off and follow this as far as you can. If you have a high-clearance vehicle and some skill, it's possible to drive much closer to this crag on FR 216A, possibly to within a half-mile if you have a serious rig. The road loops, but has a spur at the high point of the loop that leads to the top of the saddle behind the Ironclads. I recommend taking the left fork of the loop - some road building may be required. There is a sign at the saddle that says 216A "Dead End" (see pic below), and some cables have been placed to the right to prevent vehicles from continuing. Hang a right here and follow an old trail that leads up and over the hill to the backside of the Tooth.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Zappa's Tooth:
Trouble Every Day 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 130 feet
Spinach is my New Lettuce 5.8 PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Flakes 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 125 feet
Titties & Beer 5.8+ Trad, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Dirty Love 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 175 feet
Sheik Yerbouti 5.9 PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 175 feet
Central Scrutinizer 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 175 feet
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Flakes 5.8 CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Zappa's Tooth
This is the first obvious crack on the left side of the Cavity. It follows a series of nice, clean flakes up the buttress. Start in the dihedral and jam and stem up to the roof. Pass the roof on the right and continue up to the ledge. Go left to the face or right to more flakes.Walk off to the south.... all what we got here is American made, it's a little bit cheesy, but it's nicely displayed.... FZ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO