Elevation: 9,755 ft
GPS: 40.389, -105.587 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 8,023 total · 34/month
Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Season raptor closures: March 1 - July 31, NOW LIFTED Details

Description

Deer Ridge Buttress is a high and lonely 600' cliff in the Park that provides beautiful views, excellent climbing on perfect granite, and near certain solitude. It is well worth the longer approach, especially if you do a couple of routes.

Descent: head east from the top, then bushwhack down.

Getting There

2 ways-- 1) park at the Deer Ridge junction trailhead on Trail Ridge Road, follow the Deer Mountain trail for about 1 and 1/2 miles to where it touches the south side of the mountain, then contour around past a smaller buttress (Rainbow Rock) to the base of the cliff. Alternatively, Richard Rossiter (in Rocky Mountain National Park: The Crag Areas) describes the confusing parking arrangements that plant you at the base of a vertical bushwhack (count on an hour) up to the north-facing cliff. You can park near Aspen Glen Campground or near the Estes Park cemetery off Fish Hatchery Rd. and hike uphill (~1 hour).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Deer Ridge Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Nun Buttress
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Center Left Face
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nun Buttress
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Center Left Face
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
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