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 with improvements by Patrick Sherry and 1 other
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!

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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
 124
County Line
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 108
East of Eden
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 154
Churchill Rejects
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Saline Lock
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 125
Rapunzel, Rapunzel
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 118
The Scepter
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 81
Dr. Food
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 152
Monstrosity
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 110
Silver Girl
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 86
Inyerbuttkwa
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 66
Dear Slabby
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 96
Ballet of the Bulge
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 105
O.D.K.
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 110
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 81
Tailspin
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
County Line Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 124
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
East of Eden Narrows > Eden Area > Eden Wall
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Churchill Rejects Palace > Chamber
 154
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Saline Lock Crystal Wall > N Face
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rapunzel, Rapunzel Palace > Citadel
 125
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Scepter Palace > Scepter
 118
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Food Crystal Wall > N Face
 81
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Monstrosity Palace > Mineshaft Wall
 152
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl Crystal Wall > N Face
 110
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Inyerbuttkwa Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 86
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dear Slabby Palace > Palace Pages
 66
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Ballet of the Bulge Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
 96
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
O.D.K. Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
 105
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Poudre Crystal Wall > N Face
 110
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Tailspin Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
 81
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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