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Routes in Sheep Mountain Rock

Double Fantasy T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Gimmerton Corner T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Lamb Skin T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
One of these days, Felix T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Elevation: 9,000 ft
GPS: 40.433, -105.53 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Kurt Johnson on Dec 22, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac


Sheep Mountain Rock is the long south-facing cliff band (350 feet high by 1,500 feet long) located on the north side of the valley about 2 miles from the trailhead, where its low-angled eastern flank can be seen. With an approach longer than any at nearby Lumpy Ridge, routes no more than 4 pitches long, and containing only 10 routes, it's not exactly a hot climbing destination. But its uniqueness, solitude, and two classic routes (Double Fantasy - 5.10a and Glimmerton Corner - 5.10b) make the hike in worthwhile, especially if you're looking for a break from Lumpy.

The best descent for all routes is a gully to the west, and although an eastern descent isn't mentioned and I haven't tried it, it may be feasible for routes closer to that side.

Getting There

There's not exactly a standard approach as there's no trail from the main trail to the rock - not even a faint "climber's trail." But to start with, head west from McGraw Ranch along the Cow Creek Trail as if you're heading to Bridalveil Falls. When the rock is in full view, look around for whatever looks like the best way up. Guidebooks suggest to start heading up at either the Gem Lake junction or just beyond the trail to Rabbit Ears campground. Whether you choose one of these or find a better way, you'll be hiking uphill farther than you would to Sundance - without the benefit of a trail.


A. Double Fantasy, 10-, 3p, 320', gear.
B. Wuthering Heights, 9 R, 3p, gear.
C. Pennystone Crag, 9+, 3p, gear.
DC. Lamb's Skin, 8, 3p, gear.
E. Gimmerton Corner, 10, 3p, 350', gear.
F? One of these days, Felix, 10+, 4p, gear.
G? Stone Pillar, 10, 3p, gear.
H. Himmelfahrt, 10, 4p, gear.
I. Thrushcross Grange, 7, 2-3p, gear.
J. High Road, 0, 2-3p, gear.

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5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gimmerton Corner
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Gimmerton Corner 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
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Luke Clarke
Luke Clarke   Golden
Sheep Mountain Rock is high quality rock bound to see more traffic once the Park Service moves the Lumpy parking, making a two-mile approach closer to the norm. Rossiter's "The Crag Areas" guide and [Gillett's] "Estes Park Valley" guide both describe two "climber trails." One is supposed to be near the Rabbit Ears campground cutoff (which is well marked) one presumable three-tenths of a mile west of that cutoff. My partner and I found neither. The trail lines we found took us too far west on ascent. Don't bother trying to find them unless you're with someone who knows where they are. Walk in 1.5 miles, turn right and slog north up the sloped toward the center of the cliff. That said, this crag is great quality, well worth the two-mile approach. Did it on a warm day today, but I would recommend it for a cool fall day or mild winter day. The approach would warm you while the sun heats the broad, south-facing rock. Parking may become an issue. The Park Service allows 17 cars on the west side of the road, and it's a popular trail for tourists. Aug 7, 2004

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