Elevation: 10,031 ft
GPS: 40.306, -105.523 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Dec 28, 2001 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Area Closure ended but timed entry permits are REQUIRED Details

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

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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.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 69
Crystal Staircase
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 19
The Big Steep
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Merlin's Magic Corner
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 48
Dark Horse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 89
Wizard's Path
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 45
G3
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 36
The White Raven
Sport 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 40
Riding with the Ravens
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 64
The Guillotine
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Electric Forest
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 56
Take Me to Your Leader
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 89
The Gatekeeper
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 22
Afterlife
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 37
Magic Dagger
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 18
Cloak and Dagger
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crystal Staircase Wizard's Gate
 69
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Big Steep Upper Great Face
 19
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Merlin's Magic Corner Wizard's Gate
 18
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Dark Horse Wizard's Gate
 48
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Wizard's Path Wizard's Gate
 89
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
G3 Wizard's Gate
 45
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The White Raven Wizard's Gate
 36
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 4 pitches
Riding with the Ravens Wizard's Gate
 40
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Guillotine Wizard's Gate
 64
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Electric Forest Woodstone, Half… > Woodstone
 24
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Take Me to Your Leader Wizard's Gate
 56
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
The Gatekeeper Wizard's Gate
 89
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Afterlife Wizard's Gate
 22
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Magic Dagger Wizard's Gate
 37
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Cloak and Dagger Wizard's Gate
 18
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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