Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma Climbing
Google Map · Climbing Area Map
|Page Views:||274,315 total · 1,076/month|
|Shared By:||Richard M. Wright on Jun 20, 2002|
|Admins:||Joey Chicharrones, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
With the blistering summer setting in, the search for a cool shady to spot to climb rises up in the agenda, and Keystone offers one good solution to the relentless heat in the Front Range. While Keystone is not a great "destination spot" overall, it does offer a reasonable range of sport climbs at 10,000 feet elevation and as cool as one is likely to find one hour from Denver. The crags at Keystone are South facing but get good shade for part of the day nonetheless. The rock is alpine granite, quite solid overall, and bolted sport climbs range from 5.9/5.10 to middle 5.12.
Several years ago all of the old anchors and tree belays were replaced by double bolt lowering stations. More recently many anchors at the more popular crags have been replaced with mussy hooks. N.B.: if you top rope, do it through your own draws. All of the routes on the main crags can be done with a 60 meter rope, and while the bulk of the climbing consists of bolted sport routes, there are some cracks also available. The hump up the hill is not too strenuous and when combined with the scenic venue is well worth a day's visit. There are at least a couple of routes with enough character that they should not be missed.
The majority of the Keystone Crags lie just a couple of miles East of Keystone (the town) on the South flank of Porcupine Peak. The most expedient approach is to drive to Dillon and take US Hwy 6 East to Keystone. After the last shops in town, continue East - as though you were headed to A-Basin. Before the road begins to go uphill towards A-Basin, make a right at the fork onto CO 5. Stay on CO 5 for approximately 1.5 miles; if you come to the FR260 fork, then you have gone too far. and park in a dirt pullout .
On the left side of the road right after the Keystone Powerline Lot, there will be a short embankment at the pullout and room for about a dozen cars. This pullout services Haus, Porcupine, Alpenglow, and the Hummingbird area.
About 1/4 mile past this pullout, there is a small shoulder on the right marked by a yellow "No Camping" sign as well as an old timey barrel. This services Zuma and Morning Glory.
Classic Climbing Routes at Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma
Days w Precip
All Photos Within Keystone a.k.a. MontezumaMost Popular · Newest · Random
More About Keystone a.k.a. MontezumaPrinter-Friendly