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Elevation: 7,417 ft 2,261 m
GPS: 40.1654, -105.3906
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Warning Access Issue: MM 23-29.5 - now ended daily CO 7 highway closure/delays DetailsDrop down
Warning Access Issue: Normal access is closed. DetailsDrop down

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The Fang is undoubtedly the premier sport crag in the SSV canyon. It presents some of the most difficult climbing in the canyon on flawless, solid granite. The main walls of The Fang face West and North, so the crag does not get the best year-round sun. The crag itself looms over the SSV canyon like some dark guardian gargoyl, more ominous than inviting. It looks like a good place to find Count Dracula hiding out from the summer sun. But don't be put off, The Count is no big deal, and the climbing is great. The hike in takes about 40 minutes, but is well worth the hump to pull down on some superb granite in a nice mountain setting. Just pick a warm day to climb at The Fang.

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The Fang is situated about 9.1 miles up SSV canyon on CO Highway 7. There is a large, paved pull-out for parking. Hike down the road about 100 ft to a bridge that crosses the river (South). Follow the road around to the South side of the hill upon which The Fang sits. After about 1/2 mile, a faint climbers trail will take off to the right. The goal, if you can't find the trail, is to approach the West edge of the crag, and move around North to find the routes.

Update: per Bernard Gillett: the owner of the parcel of land through which the Barking Dog Trail runs has closed his private property to the public. The Barking Dog Trail is the normal approach trail to The Fang, described on this webpage and described in Gillett's St. Vrain guidebook. The landowner has been generous for many years in allowing people to traverse his land to reach The Fang and other destinations, but due to recent vandalism on his land, he is no longer willing to allow access. The landowner has notified the Boulder County Sheriff's Office of the closure, and they've been asked to follow a zero tolerance NO TRESPASSING policy.

 The Fang itself does not reside on this landowner's property.

 Boulder County MAY have purchased this parcel of land a couple years ago.


Per Rob DeZonia: the bridge is private property. I got to speak with Erik who is taking care of the land and passed my contact info off to the owner of said bridge. I guess vandalism as well as people 4x4ing and shooting guns from that little county road caused him to close the bridge to the general public. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Fang

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Belligerent Buttress
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
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Perfect Stemetry
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
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Goldfinger
Sport
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Belligerent Buttress
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Perfect Stemetry
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5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Goldfinger
 7
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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