Elevation: 5,437 ft
GPS: 40.57812, -105.16399
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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-
 134
Curving Crack
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 92
Ship's Prow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 130
Penny Lunge
Boulder
V1- 5- X
 71
Bolt Wall
TR, Boulder
V1+ 5
 82
Meditation Roof
Boulder
V2 5+
 121
My Two Cents (aka Penny Standard)
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 128
Beached Whale
Boulder
V3 6A
 114
Finger Ripper
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 102
Penny Pincher
Boulder
V4- 6B
 108
Right Eliminator
Boulder
V4 6B
 75
Right Eliminator Prow
Boulder
V4 6B
 61
Mental Standard
Boulder
V5 6C
 71
Punk Rock Traverse
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 93
Dihedral Route
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 114
Roof Route
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Curving Crack Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 134
V0- 4- Boulder
Ship's Prow Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 92
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Penny Lunge Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 130
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Bolt Wall Rotary Park > S Ridgeline, includin…
 71
V1- 5- X TR, Boulder
Meditation Roof Rotary Park > Meditation Boulder
 82
V1+ 5 Boulder
My Two Cents (aka Penny Sta… Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 121
V2 5+ Boulder
Beached Whale Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 128
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Finger Ripper Rotary Park > Central Ridgeline, in…
 114
V3 6A Boulder
Penny Pincher Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
 102
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Right Eliminator Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 108
V4- 6B Boulder
Right Eliminator Prow Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
 75
V4 6B Boulder
Mental Standard Rotary Park > Mental Block
 61
V4 6B Boulder
Punk Rock Traverse Rotary Park > Punk Rock
 71
V5 6C Boulder
Dihedral Route Duncan's Ridge
 93
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Roof Route Duncan's Ridge
 114
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
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