Elevation: 6,014 ft
GPS: 40.693, -105.378 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Holly Barnard on May 22, 2002 · Updates
Admins: James Schroeder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Poudre Canyon lies up CO Highway 14, just north of Fort Collins. The rock is made up of granite, gneiss, and [schist] which results in a wide range of rock quality - solid granite to complete choss (bring a helmet). Roadside lines are mostly sport or mixed routes, but there are some quality trad lines as well. For those willing to carry their pack in for a ways (about 3 miles), Grey Rock offers some great climbs on solid granite with a true summit, great views, and a typically quiet setting. Many/most of the lines up the canyon and at Grey Rock were developed by Craig Luebben. Some obvious roadside bouldering exists up the canyon. For more options, ask a local or do some exploring.

Small 'mom and pop' stores are scattered up the canyon. Many are only open during the summer months. I like to support the Rustic Resort located in Rustic for grub and suds. It's one of the few places open in the winter. Camping is mostly limited to developed campgrounds that get a lot of traffic in the summer. Higher up the canyon towards Cameron Pass more primitive camping opportunities can be found, but that's pretty far from the climbs. I'd suggest making a day trip and then drinking some fine micro-brews in Fort Collins.

Edited to add: HughC notes that many of the routes in Poudre Canyon are bolted in an "old school" style and may present more risk than climbers accustomed to more modern sport routes may expect. As with any climbing situation or route, climbers should carefully evaluate the conditions of the route, fixed gear, themselves, and the environment before committing to a climb.

Getting There

I-25 to Fort Collins. Take the CO Highway 14/Mulberry St. Exit and head west into Ft. Collins. Follow the signs for CO HWY 14 and CO 287. By following the signs, you will take a right on Riverside(immediately after the RR tracks) and another right on College Ave. Follow this north and around to the west until it merges on 287. Stay on CO 287 for about 10 miles and hang a left onto CO 14 at Ted's Place.

From Laramie, simply take CO 287 south to CO 14 (Ted's Place) and go west.

Guidebook


The Poudre Canyon Guidebook 3rd Edition by Bennett Scott was released in October of 2018. The new edition covers over 1200 routes and boulder problems across 44 different climbing areas.

You can purchase copies in town at Ascent Studio and Jax Outdoor Gear, among others.

If you would like to purchase a copy online, please use the redirect link on the NCCC site so the climbers coalition can receive a portion of the proceeds: https://fixedpin.refersion.com/l/884.121247.

Crags (downstream to upstream)

Poudre Practice Rock - 6.7 miles

Greyrock - 8.4 miles
- Greyrock Summit Trail 946

Routes - 9.6 miles

Triple Tier Area - 14.7 miles

Crystal Wall - 15 miles

The Palace - 15 miles

Stove Prairie Road Areas - 16.3 miles
- Stove Prairie Cracks
- PMA Crag

The Narrows
- Electric Ocean - 18.1 miles
- Yankee Doodle Slab
- The Trough
- Eden Area
- The Nod (formerly submitted as The Fable)
- Eve's Cave
- Snake Eyes Wall
- Twilight Area
- - Upper Midlife Wall
- Last Turn Crag
- The Beach
- Narrowslab

Pingree Park Road - 26.7 miles

West of Rustic
- Hatchery Rock - 38.3 miles
- Bone Caves
- Critical Mass Area
- Pearl Area - 40 miles
- Roaring Creek Area
- The Bog - 41 miles
- 420s - 41.5 miles
- Gandalf Area - 46.1 miles
- Poudre Falls - 47 miles

Thanks go to Ben Scott for his assistance in this reorganization!

Flow Rate for Cache de la Poudre

Bats - conservation

See a bat on a route, give a shout. Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. If you see bats, and want to tell them, here is their email (climbersforbats@colostate.edu) and their website (climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Climbers for Bat Conservation is a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. They are interested in finding bats because a new disease, called white-nose syndrome (whitenosesyndrome.org/), has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation. If you see bats while climbing, please let them know by emailing them at climbersforbats@colostate.edu, or visiting their website to learn more (climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (sites.warnercnr.colostate.e…)

Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation

Robert.schorr@colostate.edu 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Poudre Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
County Line
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
Greatest Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 117
East of Eden
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 92
Saline Lock
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 134
Rapunzel, Rapunzel
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 126
The Scepter
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 95
Dr. Food
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 158
Monstrosity
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 119
Silver Girl
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 87
Inyerbuttkwa
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 69
Dear Slabby
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 100
Ballet of the Bulge
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 113
O.D.K.
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 117
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 86
Tailspin
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
County Line Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 127
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Greatest Route Greyrock > Southeast Face
 74
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
East of Eden Narrows > Eden Area > Eden Wall
 117
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Saline Lock Crystal Wall > N Face
 92
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rapunzel, Rapunzel Palace > Citadel
 134
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Scepter Palace > Scepter
 126
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Food Crystal Wall > N Face
 95
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Monstrosity Palace > Mineshaft Wall
 158
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl Crystal Wall > N Face
 119
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Inyerbuttkwa Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 87
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dear Slabby Palace > Palace Pages
 69
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Ballet of the Bulge Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 100
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
O.D.K. Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
 113
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Poudre Crystal Wall > N Face
 117
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Tailspin Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
 86
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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