GPS: 40.306, -105.523 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 7,612 total · 36/month
Shared By: Leo Paik on Aug 10, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Perhaps one of the more popular of the crags/spires of The Crags. This lies above Slot Rock, below Gray Slab, and further down and left of the Upper Great Face towards the left/middle of The Crags. Routes were climbed here since the 1950s. Alpine in feel but subalpine in approach and altitude, this crag provides 1-3 pitch treats on every face. All descents are by rappel or 5th class. You can watch the weather as from all these rocks you can easily peer westward. For a less crowded experience, come visit....

Getting There

From Estes Park, drive south on CO Hwy 7 to the Lily Lake visitor center. Drive uphill and past this V.C. to the west and then quickly turn north on the road to the Baldpate Inn. Drive past the Inn, park at the end of the road. Best to have a guidebook with pictures (Kimball's, Rossiter's, or Gillett's). Hike up this same blocked off road perhaps a 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Head uphill through lightly forested slopes. When the trees clear, the challenge of figuring which rock is which comes next. The lowest of the crags are Rib Rock on the left (N) and Slot Rock on the right (S). This crag lies just uphill from Slot Rock. Hike around the left (N) side of Slot Rock. Plan on 45-75 min to approach depending on your urgency.

Descent

Per David A. Turner: there is a new rap anchor on top of southeast side which is part of The Golden Staircase, but it easy to get to from the top of any Sharkfin route. One rap with 60 meter rope gets you down.

10 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Sharksfin Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Sharksfin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
North Face
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Walking with the Pope
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Face
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Walking with the Pope
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
More Classic Climbs in Sharksfin »

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos