Elevation: 5,437 ft
GPS: 40.578, -105.164 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Joe M on Mar 15, 2002
Admins: James Schroeder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Horsetooth Reservoir is characterized by mostly bouldering, but there is top rope and trad too, and they have recently had anchors put in at the top for lowering. It is sunny all year. In the summer, it is so damn sunny it'll kill you. The rock is pretty clean, since it has been climbed for years...plus who doesn't like Ft. Fun. I believe Rock & Ice called Horsetooth one of the ten best places to boulder in the world.

Currently, there is no camping at Rotary Park and there is a $6 fee for the day use parking lot. 45 minute parking on the dirt pull off is allowed. Also, at the 420s, a Colorado Habitat Stamp is currently required for all people heading back to the boulders and they must have it with them. It can be purchased for around $10 (instead of a $70 ticket).

You have to stop at Yong's Korean Cuisine 1232 W. Elizabeth St. (970) 482-4885 for grub, cheap and awesome.

The Southeast Reservoir access has been clearly marked as private land for 25 years.

Getting There

From the town of Ft. Collins, head towards the mountains on W. Horsetooth Rd. Go left on South Taft Hill. Go right on 38. Take that up into the reservoir. At the first intersection, bouldering is on the right. Or go right, when you get over the bridge park and walk uphill to get to Duncans Ridge. Walk uphill about 5 minutes and then descend via the obvious 4th class descent. A map of the park can be seen at:

co.larimer.co.us/parks/hors….

Mountain Lion Alert

Note, mountain lions have been seen in the area. Pay attention to small children and pets while out and about.

Closed areas

Per Chris N: from the Larimer County website: "due to Homeland Security restrictions, no recreation activity is allowed on dams or within 100 feet of dams when on land."

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horsetooth Reservoir

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0- 4-
 108
Curving Crack
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 80
Ship's Prow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 108
Penny Lunge
Boulder
V1- 5- X
 64
Bolt Wall
TR, Boulder
V2 5+
 99
My Two Cents (aka Penny Standard)
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 110
Beached Whale
Boulder
V3 6A
 91
Finger Ripper
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 82
Penny Pincher
Boulder
V4- 6B
 93
Right Eliminator
Boulder
V4 6B
 66
Right Eliminator Prow
Boulder
V4 6B
 49
Mental Standard
Boulder
V5 6C
 60
Punk Rock Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 47
Pinch Overhang
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 79
Dihedral Route
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 89
Roof Route
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Curving Crack Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 108
V0- 4- Boulder
Ship's Prow Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 80
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Penny Lunge Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 108
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Bolt Wall Rotary Park > S Ridgeline, includin…
 64
V1- 5- X TR, Boulder
My Two Cents (aka Penny Sta… Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 99
V2 5+ Boulder
Beached Whale Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 110
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Finger Ripper Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 91
V3 6A Boulder
Penny Pincher Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 82
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Right Eliminator Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 93
V4- 6B Boulder
Right Eliminator Prow Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 66
V4 6B Boulder
Mental Standard Rotary Park > Mental Block
 49
V4 6B Boulder
Punk Rock Traverse Rotary Park > Punk Rock
 60
V5 6C Boulder
Pinch Overhang Rotary Park > Mental Block
 47
V5 6C Boulder
Dihedral Route Duncan's Ridge
 79
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Roof Route Duncan's Ridge
 89
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
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