Elevation: 8,439 ft
GPS: 40.357, -105.517 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Sep 15, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Thumb and Needle Closures! Curry Dr. Closure! Details

Description

This is a small mountain located in the middle of Estes Park. Its summit is 8900 feet and can be accessed via for a fee via a vintage cable car during warm months of the year. There is even a gift shop & snack bar on top. Note, there are a bunch of mountain lions known to frequent these slopes. Watch your kids and smaller climbing partners!

On its slopes, you can find a bunch of small crags, some of which have published routes on them, like the southern crags of Dihedral Rock, Shield Rock, The Fin, The Thimble, The Needle, and The Thumb. Apparently, some of these crags may be on private property. There are other crags on this mountain which have probably have been climbed by wandering souls. While this area can hardly be considered a destination for climbers, inclement weather, limited time, kids, when your kids are competing at the Hunter Jumper competitions, and short approaches might coax a wander in the area.

There are routes here which vary from 1-2 pitches, 0 to 2 stars, 5.0 to 5.13, gear to bolts, all on gneiss and granite outcrops. The north, west, & east faces do see a bit of moisture, so you may find healthy stretches of lichen on these faces.

You may find some guided groups in the area due to the ease of access, low-end routes, and general lack of competition for routes here. Close-in parking is quite limited (probably 8 cars maximum).

Consider bringing a trash bag to help pick up debris left by partiers in the area.

Getting There

In Estes Park, drive Mary's Lake Rd or CO Hwy 7 to Peak View Drive towards the south side of the mountain. Drive uphill on Curry (dirt road). Do not block the gate when you park! Consider driving compact vehicles.

The Thumb, Needle, and all of Prospect Mt. are on private property and the gravel road part of Curry Dr. is a private road. Currently, there is no public access to the Thumb, Needle, other crags/boulders on Prospect Mt. The Town of Estes Park is working on purchasing the property with our partners the Access Fund, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, GOCO, and The Estes Valley Land Trust. The goal is to make this area public with climbing access, but until then please respect private property rights.

Any questions? Please contact me directly.

Brian Berg
Town of Estes Park
Park Supervisor
bberg@estes.org
(970) 577-3783 

More 2020 Access Information

Prospect Mt. has been owned privately, primarily by 2 landowners, for a long time. Over the years, these landowners have tolerated climbing presence on various crags. With an increase in visitation, perhaps due to COVID-19, these property owners have now become unwilling to allow climbers on their lands. In fact, no trespassing signs have been posted, and some unpleasant confrontations have occurred. The town of Estes Park has sought to purchase land that would include many of the climbing crags and boulders on Prospect Mt. The town of Estes Park has been working with the Access Fund, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, GOCO, and the Estes Valley Land Trust in an effort to provide legal access to the climbing on Prospect Mt. hopefully within a year. A new trail may be built, and a management plan would follow. While this process is ongoing, please avoid climbing on these crags so as to make these negotiations go as smoothly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Prospect Mountain

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V1+ 5
 4
PPs For Life
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 3
Flatanger
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
The Funnel
Boulder
V7+ 7A+
 4
Equalizer
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 4
Moai
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Antithesis
Boulder
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 5
Thumb's Up
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Epic Sushi Party
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 10
Zig Arete
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Rest in Peace
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Confines of Power
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
PPs For Life Bouldering Zones > Zone 2 > Da Big Cheese
 4
V1+ 5 Boulder
Flatanger Bouldering Zones > Zone 1 > Flatanger Boulder
 3
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
The Funnel Bouldering Zones > Zone 1 > Moai Boulder
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Equalizer Bouldering Zones > Zone 3 > Equalizer Boulder
 4
V7+ 7A+ Boulder
Moai Bouldering Zones > Zone 1 > Moai Boulder
 4
V7-8 7B Boulder
Antithesis Bouldering Zones > Zone 3 > Equalizer Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Thumb's Up Thumb
 5
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Epic Sushi Party Thumb
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Zig Arete Thumb
 10
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rest in Peace Thumb
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Confines of Power Thumb
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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