Elevation: 8,400 ft
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Shared By: Nate Christiansen 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

The Thumb and Needle are the 2 more popular crags on top of Prospect Mountain. The first rock you will see is the Needle. Less than 100 yards further uphill is The Thumb. The Thimble is a sliver of rock lying just East of The Thumb. There are fixed anchors on top, they are fairly inconspicuous and consist of 2 bolts with bare Fixe hangers.

There are slab TR lines on the east face, face routes and a chimney on the west face, and an arete on the south face.

Getting There

Prospect Mt. and all its subareas 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 or Needle. 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


The Thumb and The Needle lie on the slopes of Prospect Mountain, and the easiest way to get there is to drive either from CO Highway 7, leaving town until you reach Peak View Drive (PVD). Take PVD until you see a gold sign on your right that says "Prospect Highlands". This is Curry. Take that sharp right turn. Continue up this short road that will eventually turn into gravel and park at the cropping just short of the gate. Please do not attempt to park in the way of the landowners. The trail starts just up the gully and goes for an enjoyable yet steep 5 minute approach. The first rock you will see is the Needle. Less than 100 yards further uphill is The Thumb. The Thimble is a sliver of rock lying just SE of The Thumb.

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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