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Cackle Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hagakure T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Rhode Island Red T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rooster Tail T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Two In The Pink T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unknown T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Yosemite Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Description

This crag sits below and just right of the Twin Owls. It is visible from the center of Estes Park, as a small spiky looking cliff. Up close, it's characterised by an arcing Y-shaped crack and a dihedral on the right side (the dihedral is Cackle Crack).

Approach as for the Twin Owls, and hike a short way past, then follow a climbers trail straight up to the base. The obvious, beautiful face with the Y-shaped crack (5.9/9+) will be right above you.

Getting There

Approach as for the Twin Owls, and hike a short way past, then follow a climbers trail straight up to the base. The Twin Owls parking area at MacGregor Ranch no longer exists. Hike from the new parking lot towards the old parking lot, then go right/east to the 2nd branch trail towards the east side of Twin Owls. The obvious, beautiful orange face with the Y-shaped crack (5.9 or 9+) will be right above you.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hen and Chickens

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 143
Cackle Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 91
Yosemite Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 54
Rooster Tail
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Rhode Island Red
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Hagakure
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cackle Crack
 143
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Yosemite Crack
 91
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rooster Tail
 54
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Rhode Island Red
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Hagakure
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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rob.calm
Loveland, CO
rob.calm   Loveland, CO
On 31 August 2007, I set a rappel station with sling and rappel ring, between "Rooster Tail" and "Cackle Crack". The good aspects are that it avoids the downclimb and trail on the east side and it cannot be used for toproping. However, the setting is not optimal as there is a more secure-looking placement about 10 ft. higher. However, we were getting out as fast as we could because of lightning. Indeed a climber rappeling from above Thimbleberry Jam at that time was shocked by electric current (he's OK) as well as 2 climbers who had rappeled off Wolf's Tooth (they're OK). Sometime, I'll improve the rappel station, if you don't do it first.

RobDotCalm Sep 2, 2007

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