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Areas in Hell's Gate/ Hagerman Pass

Hell's Gate 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nathaniel's Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Roadside 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Slab from Hell 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 10,193 ft
GPS: 39.29, -106.562 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 8,124 total, 47/month
Shared By: Bryan Gall on Oct 20, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Hell's Gate near Hagerman Pass is a stellar granite area offering both traditional and sport climbing. Situated between 9000' and 10000' feet, one may find splitter cracks, run out slabs, big boulders, and awe inspiring views of the frying pan drainage. While some tradsters may have visited for years, most of the climbing is less than five years old. Hell's gate itself, a massive granite outcrop, is located near the Nast tunnel which pulls water destined for the Pacific over the continental divide and into front range water taps. The Hagerman pass road was originally a railroad corridor carrying people and goods from Leadville to Basalt. Basalt is the nearsest town with amenities.

Getting There

Hagerman pass is located between Leadville and Basalt, south of the Holycross Wilderness area, north of Independence Pass. To reach from the Roaring Fork Valley drive north east from Basalt off of CO Hwy 82 along the Frying Pan Road, pass Ruedi Reservoir and Chapman Dam to where the pavement ends. Hell's Gate may be reached from below by taking a right which dead ends in about three miles at the gauging station, or taking a left on the clearly marked Hagerman Pass Road, which states "Hell's Gate 6 miles". The granite is fairly obvious right off the road in both cases, with the upper road because of switch backs taking you to a location approximately 700' above the lower dead-end road.

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Spent the last 2 weekends on the East side of the pass climbing, and wow what great granite. I have uploaded some pics of some new boulders not found in the 40 Minute from Leadville site. Jun 30, 2014
This area is pretty fun! Patrick here Bryan. Some nice hard short cracks and couple pitch slabs that have really cool movement. May 5, 2005

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