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Areas in Turkey Rocks

Leftovers 15 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Rightovers 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Turkey Perch 19 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Turkey Rock 32 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Turkey Tail 41 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44

Description

If you want to climb great cracks, then Turkey Rocks is the place to be. Without a doubt, it has one of the finest concentrations of crack climbs in Colorado with a friendly southerly aspect and a quick approach. It is often possible to climb here during the winter, although a four wheel drive vehicle can come in handy to negotiate the snow that is sometimes found on the road and the walk to the base of the crags.

Turkey Rocks is as its name suggest is a collection of rocks. These include the Leftovers, Rightovers, Turkey Rock, The Turkey Perch, and Turkey Tail.

Getting There

From Denver: head south on US 285 to Pine Junction. Turn left at Pine Junction onto County Road (CR) 126 and follow the signs to Deckers. At the Deckers intersection, turn right onto CR67 and after approximately 8.5 miles turn right at the sign for Westcreek (CR73). Follow this road for about 1 mile and turn right onto CR68 (Stump Road - there's a fire station at this corner.) In about 2 miles you'll pass Sheep's Nose. After about 1 more mile, turn right onto Forest Road 51 (Cedar Mountain Road). This road is generally passable for 2WD as long as you're not driving a low rider! At about the 2 mile point you'll pass the abandoned Big Turkey Campground. You can either park here and walk about 30 minutes (uphill-not recommended) to Turkey Rocks or continue driving about another mile to the next road on the left. Take this road to its end (there are good camping spots along this road). The trail from here is good, and it takes about 10 minutes to reach the saddle between Turkey Rock on your right and Turkey Perch on your left. Turkey Tail is to the left (north) of The Perch and the Leftovers are to the right (south) of Turkey Rock.

From Colorado Springs: go west on US 24 to Woodland Park, and then take a right on CO 67 towards Deckers. It is approximately 14 miles from the turn left onto CR68 at Westcreek. See the Denver description for instructions once at Westcreek.

Do not park in or approach the crags from Turkey Rock Ranch Estates. There is no public parking and the locals do not take this well.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Turkey Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 329
Honky Jam Ass Crack
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 398
Left Handed Jew
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 268
Reefer Madness
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 240
Gobble Up
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 193
Ragger Bagger
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 251
Steppenwolf
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 86
Turkey Shoot
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 205
Gobbler's Grunt
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 125
Straw Turkey
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 84
Rasmussen Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 113
Quiver and Quill
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 102
Drumstick Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 182
Vanishing Point
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 116
Great White Crime
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 110
Whimsical Dreams
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Honky Jam Ass Crack Turkey Perch
 329
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Left Handed Jew Turkey Perch
 398
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Reefer Madness Turkey Perch
 268
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Gobble Up Turkey Perch
 240
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Ragger Bagger Turkey Perch
 193
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Steppenwolf Turkey Perch
 251
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Turkey Shoot Turkey Rock
 86
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Gobbler's Grunt Turkey Rock
 205
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Straw Turkey Turkey Rock
 125
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Rasmussen Crack Turkey Tail
 84
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Quiver and Quill Turkey Tail
 113
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Drumstick Direct Turkey Tail
 102
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Vanishing Point Turkey Rock
 182
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Great White Crime Turkey Rock
 116
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Whimsical Dreams Turkey Tail
 110
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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Charles Danforth
L'ville, CO
Charles Danforth   L'ville, CO
So, when was Big Turkey CG abandoned? I spent the night there last night and, though the gate was closed and there were no signs posted, it looked to be in pretty good shape. The privy was unlocked and even stocked with TP. Looks like they just haven't opened it for the season to me.

Unfortunately, my inaugural trip to South Platte didn't net any climbing. 'Twas mighty cold and snowing/y, and I am insufficiently manly. Oh well, still had a dandy time scrambling around and seeing the sights. Apr 29, 2006
Adam Brink
on the road
Adam Brink   on the road
Has anyone been down to Turkey Rock in the last week or two? Are there still pilot cars driving on the even hour? What is the camping situation near the crag? Thanks for the help! Oct 30, 2006
Casey Bernal
Wheat Ridge, CO
Casey Bernal   Wheat Ridge, CO
I was in the area about a month ago. The road should be fully open by now. When we were there, the road was complete but the ROAD CLOSED signs were up, and we basically just drove around. All the dirt roads were severely eroded but should be passable with moderate ground clearance.

I can't help you on the camping situation though.

peace Nov 21, 2006
The directions at the top of this page are not good.
here is a link to a Google Earth Waypoint for camping (and parking for climbing) at Turkey Rocks.

areadan.com/gps/TurkeyRockC…

Also, here is a link to a Google Maps route that takes you almost there. Simply turn left where the route stops. If you zoom in with 'Hybrid' view on Google Maps you can see the dirt road to camping and the rocks. The route starts at US 285, so Colospringers might want a different route. We drove from Boulder.

GMaps route here Sep 2, 2007
Becki
Denver, CO
Becki   Denver, CO
...These directions above are confusing. You actually turn off of the highway where you see a sign for Westcreek (CO67) and then take a right. You will turn right onto Stump Road, or SR68, about a mile off of the highway. Sep 1, 2008
Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
This has to be some of the best crack climbing in the entire state. Even beginners with no success on cracks can find something that fits their hands and have a good time on.

Some GPS driving directions, courtesy of Dru Whitledge.

TKYTrn1 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #1 -- turn off main hiway 67 south of
Deckers at "WestCreek" road sign --
N39 09.220 W105 09.717
TKYTrn2 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #2 Firehouse -- N39 08.653 W105 09.774
TKYTrn3 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #3 -- N39 07.776 W105 12.088
TKYTrn4 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #4 -- N39 07.533 W105 14.484

TKYPark Turkey Rocks parking area -- N39 07.048 W105 14.296
TKYPrk2 Turkey Rocks Parking 2 -- N39 07.044 W105 14.293

TKYPerch TKYPerch -- N39 06.814 W105 14.181 Sep 2, 2008
John McNamee
Littleton, CO
John McNamee   Littleton, CO  
I've tried to improve the description on how to find the place. Please let me know if it makes more sense and is correct. Dan's google map and description is probably the most accurate and thanks for posting it. Sep 3, 2008
Eckhard
Denver, CO
Eckhard   Denver, CO
Why don't people go South on CO 85 to CO 67 and south on that and enter thru Westcreek? It seems like the back way and maybe shorter. What am I missing? Is it harder that way? Sep 30, 2008
slim    
It's way, way longer that way. Oct 1, 2008
Ross Keller
Parker, CO
Ross Keller   Parker, CO
The "Getting There" description has been updated. Please let me know if it needs any tweaking. Thanks. Oct 2, 2008
Matt Bolt
Lakewood
Matt Bolt   Lakewood
I left a pair of 5.10 Mocasyms near the trail head leading to Turkey Rocks on Tuesday, May 19th. If someone finds them and would be willing to return them, I would be willing to compensate. May 21, 2009
Dan Petty
Wheat Ridge, CO
Dan Petty   Wheat Ridge, CO
Here is the Lat/Long to the middle of Turkey Rocks:
39.114371, -105.23748.
It would be nice if the area had coordinates.... Nov 4, 2010
Hoag Hoag
Littleton, CO
Hoag Hoag   Littleton, CO
What's the camping situation near Turkey Rocks? Sep 1, 2011
ssp
ssp  
What is that dome just after ya turn on Westcreek Road off to the right, viewed through a break in the hillside? Oct 3, 2011
Jerimiah Gentry
Denver, CO
Jerimiah Gentry   Denver, CO
So, can a carefully driven 2008 Subaru Outback get to Turkey Rocks in the winter? Feb 10, 2012
PhillR  
I wish we had read the Mountain Project directions before heading out. Once you hit the abandoned campground and eventually come to a dead end on the drive, it's only a 10-15 min hike until the saddle. The camping situation is great, you can sleep free and easy in your vehicle or pull a tent out in the pullout.

Everyone should climb here, so many perfect cracks. Nov 24, 2012
Scott M. McNamara
Tucson, Arizona
Scott M. McNamara   Tucson, Arizona
Would anyone know if J. Hass's new guidebook [The South Platte - Northern Volume] covers this area?

Thanks!

Scott Mc Jun 2, 2013
Jason Parks
Colorado Springs, CO
Jason Parks   Colorado Springs, CO
Jerimiah, I have an '07 Outback, and it does just fine. Wife freaks a bit, cause I drive too fast on the final 3 miles of dirt. 2 year old on the other hand loves it!

Scott Mc - The South Platte climbing books by Haas will eventually be a 2-volume set. The southern volume will have Turkey Rocks in it. Fixedpin.com?

Camping is free there as it is in National Forest. Primitive, no toilets till you dig them (should you have a significant other that prefers...).

Great place. Jul 5, 2013
Just wondering if the belay stations are bolted? Want to take my son, and that would be essential. Jul 29, 2013
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
Charlie, typically they are not. I can think of about a half-dozen total at Turkey Rocks. Count on building your own belay anchors and walk-of descents! Enjoy this special place. Jul 30, 2013
mark felber
Wheat Ridge, CO
mark felber   Wheat Ridge, CO
We tried to get into Turkey Rocks today, FR 51 was signposted as a 4WD road or OHV route. The first part was manageable in my Civic , but we reached a downhill stretch that appeared to have been badly damaged by the rains last month. I think I could have gotten the Civic down there, but no way would we have made it back up. We opted to spend the day at Sheep's Nose, had a great time climbing Lost In Space, and we will try Turkey Rocks when we have 4WD or the road has seen some maintenance. Right now that stretch definitely requires a lot of clearance and probably 4WD. Oct 23, 2013
Long shot...but about three weeks ago I participated in a rescue at Turkey Perch and in the hullabaloo may have left a harness, PAC, belay device, and some biners up there. Any chance someone picked it up? I'd be incredibly grateful! PM me and I can ID the gear. Mar 5, 2015
I see on several pages it says to bring a "Standard Turkey Rocks rack", but I can't find what a standard rack there entails. Can anyone provide some detail on this? Is wide gear (>#3 Camalot) necessary? Seems like some climbs need big pieces for sure, but in general? I've got doubles in hands-sized pieces (BD C4 0.75-2) and singles in smaller (BD C3 0 - BD C4 0.5), a BD #3, and a single rack of BD wires. Just making sure I shouldn't scramble to borrow anything. Thanks a lot! Nov 18, 2015
slim    
I would say a main Turkey rack would be a set of stoppers, set of Aliens (or other micro), and a double set of Camalots from 0.5 to 3, and a #4.

Maybe a set of RPs or other micro wires if you are getting on something super thin, and maybe some bigger cams if you are getting on something wide. The bigger cams would be helpful if you aren't solid on wide stuff in general, as a lot of the routes have wide sections of varying length.

Hope that helps, have fun. Great place. Nov 18, 2015
Taleen
los angeles, ca
Taleen   los angeles, ca
Does anyone know if the road is still blocked by a tree? May 20, 2016
Glenn Schuler
Monument, Co.
Glenn Schuler   Monument, Co.
Was there yesterday and no tree blocking the road. Some big ruts in places, but any high clearance vehicle should be fine. May 22, 2016
Micah Kurtz
Denver, Co
Micah Kurtz   Denver, Co
How easy is it to set up a TR solo on top? Jun 12, 2016
Nick Crews
Colorado Springs
Nick Crews   Colorado Springs
Micah, The Turkey Perch is the only area you can walk on. I'd be a little nervous of ropes getting stuck in the slightly slabby cracks though. You could probably do it with some care. Feb 7, 2017
Jay W.
Longmont, CO
Jay W.   Longmont, CO
How's the road into Turkey Rocks right now? Has anyone been up there in the past week or so? I'm wondering if it's snowed in or not. Apr 12, 2017
Forrest Edwards
Salt Lake city, ut
Forrest Edwards   Salt Lake city, ut
FOUND 08/02/2017: a pair of men's La Sportiva TC Pros at the base of Gobbler's Grunt. Looks like someone really loved them, so please send me a message/text if they're yours. I'll gladly send em your way. Phone # is 317-654-0972.

Forrest Aug 4, 2017

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