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Areas in CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries

Cays, The 8 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Crags, The 39 / 45 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 75
Deville Rocks 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Ironclads, The 5 / 36 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 40
Jurassic Park - Lily Lake 25 / 34 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 50
Lily Mountain 6 / 30 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Pierson Mountain 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Prospect Mountain 17 / 22 / 6 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 56
Zappa's Tooth 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8

Description

This stretch of crags includes a vast array of smaller crags with granitic, gneiss, and schist rock with routes up to perhaps 600 feet in length. For those seeking a quieter, more peaceful experience, there is much to enjoy here. We do share a minority of this terrain with a different crowd who enjoys motorized travel & teenage frivolity in the National Forests. Stretches of Twin Sisters are utilized in the fall by hunters. Some areas are better accessed with high-clearance 4WD transportation.

For the most part, these crags are traditionally protected, although a few crags along here have been tamed with fixed protection. Much of the cragging here lies at altitudes between 8-11,000 feet. Some stretches lies on private land (e.g. Fish Creek Pinnacles), so be careful to check on some of these lesser-known areas if you go exploring. There are few roadside crags along here, many rocks require an approach of up to 90 minutes.

Some of the more popular (still backwater) areas along here include: The Crags (Twin Sisters), Jurassic Park (Lily Lake), Ironclads (Allenspark), Lily Mountain, the Thumb & Needle (Prospect Mt), Deville Rocks (accessed with permission of Cheley Camps) but there is much more. So, come and explore.

Getting There

CO Hwy 7 (which is part of the Peak to Peak Highway) extends from Estes Park, south through Allenspark, and veers east through South St. Vrain Canyon to Lyons. The section here describes crags between Estes Park and the top of South St. Vrain Canyon.

From Estes Park, head south on CO Hwy 7 off US 36.

From Denver, head north on I-25, go NW on US 36 through the town of Boulder to Lyons. At the T junction you have two choices. To access the southern crags, you can go left (south), up CO Hwy 7, winding up South St. Vrain Canyon. At the top of the canyon, you go straight which continues north toward Estes Park. To access the northern crags, you can go north at the T junction on US 36 to Estes Park. Then head south on CO Hwy 7 shortly after passing Lake Estes.

To access this from the central or western side of the state, you can drive up the Peak to Peak Highway off I-70, through Central City, Rollinsville, Nederland, etc., but this is a winding drive.

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Classic Climbing Routes at CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Coloradoddity
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shaking the Pope's Hand
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stout Blue Vein
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gilded Lily
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Middle Toe
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Joint Venture
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Edge of Time
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
CG's Naked Fun Time
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Critical Morass
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Slabbed Up-Side da Head
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Wizard's Path
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Dynamometer
Trad, Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Take Me to Your Leader
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Andrology
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Gatekeeper
Sport
Coloradoddity Jurassic Park - L… > Big Ass Slab? 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Shaking the Pope's Hand Ironclads > Mount Boner 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Stout Blue Vein Jurassic Park - L… > Big Ass Slab? 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Gilded Lily Jurassic Park - L… > Left Hand Rock 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Middle Toe Jurassic Park - L… > Dinosaur's Foot 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Joint Venture Jurassic Park - L… > Dinosaur's Foot 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Edge of Time Jurassic Park - L… > Fin 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
CG's Naked Fun Time Jurassic Park - L… > Fin 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Critical Morass Jurassic Park - L… > Big Ass Slab? 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Slabbed Up-Side da Head Jurassic Park - L… > Fin 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Wizard's Path Crags > Wizard's Gate 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Dynamometer Jurassic Park - L… > Fin 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Take Me to Your Leader Crags > Wizard's Gate 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Andrology Jurassic Park - L… > Fin 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
The Gatekeeper Crags > Wizard's Gate 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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