Mt. Thorodin Rock Climbing
|GPS:||39.883, -105.432 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Apr 4, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
This is a sub-alpine climbing area at an elevation of ~10,000'.
For now, the crowds are not here.
Per Lee Smith: instead of hiking directly from Panorama Point, head down the road (east) for about 1/10th of a mile until the crag is due north and then head into the woods. It is much faster than starting right at Panorama Point.
Per Tim Stich: from Panorama Point, take the Raccoon Trail north along the road. It will then curve left towards the crags into the woods. Hike along pleasant meadows, and cross a small brook. Into the aspens you'll go, and then you'll notice the trail sharply turn left and down by a large, fallen tree. Go right around this dead tree's roots, and you'll see what looks like a faint road heading off north again. It's so old that trees now grow in the ruts. Walk along this path until you see tree branches laid down on the ground on both sides of a trail. This will head uphill to your right. Follow this until you meet a boulderfield. You are now just below the First Buttress. Look for a series of cairns, and try hard to follow them across the bottom of the First Buttress, which will then come into view. Keep following the cairns, and they will head uphill. You'll end up at the lower edge of the boulderfield for the Second Buttress, which is where most of the good routes are.
Per Klaw Klimbs: the dead tree is harder to see coming to the climber's trail and easier to see heading back. The aspen grove starts on your right, while you have a good view of the first buttress. You continue down the trail for a while, as the aspen grove thickens and moves over to the left side of the path as well. You are going slowly downhill. Eventually the trail enters some easy switchbacks. You'll see another Raccoon Trail trail marker, and then the trail takes a sharp, right turn (see my photo). This is your cue to begin looking for the cairn on the right marking the climber's trail, as well as the harder-to-see dead tree/root ball on the left. I don't think the trail resembles a road much anymore now in June 2019. Pine needles have thoroughly carpeted the forest floor, and there is now plenty of vegetation growing in the first part of the climber's trail, making it indistinct, especially seen from the Raccoon Trail. There is a cairn marking the beginning of the trail, and while the trail doesn't appear well-traveled, you can see the trees that are beginning to line both sides of the faint path (see my photo). Trees lining the path were added to/replaced today, June 29, 2019. Cairns up to the boulderfield below the first buttress/slab have also been rebuilt. There are still some large trees you have to step over, but we removed all fallen trees that were too high to step over. This trail would be difficult to follow if there were snow.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Thorodin
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