Elevation: 9,528 ft
GPS: 39.258, -105.101 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tod Anderson on Aug 5, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Located in the newer western valley at Devil's Head The Crag Ranch offers almost 30 new routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.12+. Both sport and trad climbs are found here, with about 2/3 of the routes being sport lines. There are some multi pitch sport lines and some very long routes, up to 30 bolts long. Routes face north south and west, so it's easy to stay cool on hot days and find sun on colder days. Most of the routes contain the high quality fine grained Devil's Head granite. Some of the north facing routes still have a bit of lichen.

Getting There

To get to The Crag Ranch hike to the firetower, but instead of going up the stairs go south through the grassy valley below the firetower. Enter the forest on the right side of the valley and look for a cairned trail leading down through the trees. The trail forks in about 50 yards leading right to Digital Tower and left to The Crag Ranch. To get to The Crag Ranch trend left as you descend for about 250 yards. Watch for one spot where the trail goes back uphill slightly to the left around a large boulder. The trail ends at the base of a large (250') west facing formation, The Crag Ranch. Also look for the alcove with a north facing wall with 15 sport and trad routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Crag Ranch

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Finding this place could be a trick. Don't give up if you lose the trail. Instead, go to the base of Digital Tower (the obvious red tower as seen from the fire tower) and look across the valley to the stone on the other side. Look for a shady north-facing wall that appears huecoed and overhanging, and is tucked into an alcove. Then just bushwhack that direction until you get there (10 minutes).

Or better yet, look for shady looking climber types who can point you in the correct direction.The trail has seen so little traffic that it is very faint, but once you know the way it isn't bad.

There are a whole bunch of great lines - it is worth the exploratory trip. Aug 6, 2002
Kat A
Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Kat A   Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
As of now, the trail seems to get a fair amount of use and is pretty well marked with cairns. You don't have to bushwhack much. Sep 13, 2008