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Elevation: 10,032 ft
GPS: 40.30559, -105.52314
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This is a beautiful area with alpinish rock on the West face of Twin Sisters that catches your eyes as you drive south from Estes on CO Hwy 7. There are many crags. The rock is rough granite & gneiss. There are a mix of some traditional routes and some new sport development with lots of potential. The routes vary from 30 feet to 4 pitches here. The beautiful setting and a vigorous but enjoyable hike will fill your senses. Some might say the walk is not worth it; for those, climb elsewhere. You may even get lost for a while in here, but that is part of the experience. Note, there is some hunting allowed on the south side of the mountain in the fall.

One advantage here is that you can often watch the weather coming in from the west.

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South of Estes Park on CO Hwy 7 above the Lily Lake Visitor Center. Park past the red Baldpate Inn for the northern rocks or up the dirt road past the visitor's center. Hike up hill 45-60 minutes.

Per Dana Prosser: the best way to approach the north areas is to turn into parking across from Lily Lake. Instead of going in to lot, continue on the road (heading south), and park where the dirt road ends. Start hiking on signed Twin Sister's trail, and look for faint trail at the first switchback that takes off from the main trail. This winds up through the forest to talus below Lower Great Face.

Per Bob Siegrist: during summer 2018, route development at the Woodstone and Half and Half crags resulted in nearly a dozen new sport routes. This also resulted in a path through the woods on U.S. Gov't. land from the overflow parking for Lily Lake. The hike to Woodstone and Half and Half can now be done via a mellow path through the woods without crossing any private property. It takes about 30 to 35 minutes to hike up and only 20 to 25 minutes to hike down. Bob Siegrist posted an approach map and description on the MP pages for those crags.

EMS kit & Stokes litter info

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On August 11, 2022, an EMS kit and Stokes litter were placed at The Crags as a resource for emergency medical situations. The EMS kit and litter are located next to a tree in the talus below Wizard’s Gate (elevation 10,140 feet., GPS coordinates: 40.30285N, 105.52467W). The location is approximately 300 feet North of the route, Wizard’s Path. The EMS kit contains emergency contacts, diagnostic devices, bandages, and splints but no medications or narcotics of any kind. Please respect this resource, and use it for emergencies only and not for routine medical purposes. In the event of an emergency and use of any materials and supplies in the EMS kit, please contact the current custodian, Bob Siegrist and the EMS kit will be restocked (email: siegrist@mines.edu, cell: 303.359.8427).

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 111
Return of the King
Sport 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
The Big Steep
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 29
Merlin's Magic Corner
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 134
Wizard's Path
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 59
The White Raven
Sport 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 46
Electric Forest
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 75
Take Me to Your Leader
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 118
The Gatekeeper
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 29
Afterlife
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Paradoxical Movement
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 51
Magic Dagger
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 14
Against the Grain
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 24
Cloak and Dagger
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 12
Magic Carpet Ride
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 6
Black Magic
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Return of the King Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 111
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 5 pitches
The Big Steep Upper Great Face
 25
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Merlin's Magic Corner Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 29
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Wizard's Path Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 134
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The White Raven Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 59
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 4 pitches
Electric Forest Woodstone, Half… > Woodstone
 46
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Take Me to Your Leader Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 75
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
The Gatekeeper Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 118
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Afterlife Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 29
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Paradoxical Movement Rib Rock > Rib Rock North, Lower…
 7
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Magic Dagger Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 51
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Against the Grain Woodstone, Half… > Woodstone
 14
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Cloak and Dagger Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 24
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Magic Carpet Ride Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 12
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Black Magic Lower Great Face > C. Wizard's Gate
 6
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
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