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Shared By: justin dubois on Feb 11, 2002 with updates from Mark Griffin and 1 other
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Description

Cottontail Crag is a small but very worthy crag outside Estes Park. It receives full sun and offers a small selection of hard routes. There are a few cracks (5.10 and 5.11) and a handful of sport pitches. All the routes are worth doing, but don't miss Cottontail Right, the right of the two cracks (5.11c), and Destroyer (5.12a), the bolted pitch just to the right.

Getting There

Take US Highway 36 west out of Estes Park, veer left on Spur 66 and follow it to its end. One can see the crag up and left from the cul de sac. Park and hike up and follow the power lines for about 10 minutes. The crag should be just up on your left. It can be identified by two nice cracks on its west side, and four (?) sport lines on its southern side.

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Great little hidden gem of a cliff. Tread carefully around the campground just beyond the cul-de-sac. The owners aren't very climber-friendly. Don't hike through the campground, but instead walk up to the reservoir (you can't drive up to it anymore), then cut up the hill just before the fence and up to the power line track. You can't actually see the crag from this track but if you cut hard left through the woods shortly before the dirt track ends you'll stumble on the cliff.

Also worth mentioning is that you can top-rope most, if not all of these routes by climbing the 5.2 chimney that splits the crag (best thought of as a solo). Feb 12, 2002