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Cave Area 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Creamy Salmon Wall 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
High Gravity Wall 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Mileski Wall 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Ritalin Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Upper Tier 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Elevation: 10,000 ft
GPS: 38.012, -107.446 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Orphaned on Nov 1, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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This beautiful calcified San Juan volcanic tuff (not limestone) crag looks like it is straight out of France. Located just past Lake City, this is THE sport climbing destination near Gunnison. The walls are steep pocketed pocketed streaked in black orange and white. The view from the crag is spectacular! Weather can be very fickle so bring a rain jacket and watch the clouds.

The Cave above the Mileski Wall is home to the Mixed climbing testpiece Jedi Mind Tricks (M12) established by Jared Ogden and Ryan Nelson in 2004.

Getting There [Edit]

Starting in Lake City, get to the road to Engineer Pass (Henson Creek road). From highway 50, turn right on 3rd street, go 2 blocks and turn left. This road turns into Henson Creek road. Set your odometer and at about 7.2 miles you will come to a pull out on you right and Gods Crag will be visible high and to the right.


Per erik rieger: watch for ticks, do your tick checks.

It is called Tick Rock by locals for a reason.

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Hi, I am from Arizona and will be climbing around Colorado for a few weeks. Does anyone know of any camping (preferably free sites) around Lake City. The closest I know is Cement Creek. Thanks! May 29, 2008
There's tons of public land up by Lake City. I'd ask at the tourist info place there. With all of the mining claims it's hard to know what is public.

If you stay near Gunnison, the traditional place to camp is Hartman Rocks. May 29, 2008
Thanks, and do you think the conditions at God's crag will be good this early in the summer? May 29, 2008
Haven't been to Lake City yet this year, but it should be fine. May 29, 2008
Keep in mind that CO had a shitton of snow this year. It's a south-facing cliff, but a good amount of water runs off the cliff early spring. There may some wetness still. But the front side cliff is most certainly dry. Also - true story - I went down there once in early May to bolt a route and over the day, I picked off at least 60 ticks (safe estimate). It was absolutely ridiculous. I could see them in the bushes, on the grass, on my gear, on the rope. The route "Show Us Your Ticks" was born. A day later, my girlfriend woke up back at home with one crawling up her back, and a quick check of the bed and my gear revealed a few more. Talk about nightmares! By late June that same year, two days at the cliff only brought out two ticks. What happens to all the ticks? I heard ants eat them. Anybody out there know? May 30, 2008
How about some first hand info? I live in LC full-time. So let me give you the lowdown.
Free Camping in/around LC is very limited. There is a some within 5-10 mi of town but only a very few in or close to town (if you want more info contact me directly).

As to conditions at God's Crag locally known as Tick Rock for reasons currently being talked about. It should be good to go, we do have a ton of snow still in the high country, and it would not surprise me if the rock is wet in places still. I warn you also the ticks are BAD this year, I have been pulling them off me every time I climb. I have not been to Tick Rock this year, and it is usually one of the worst places for the little blood suckers.

There are also some other places to climb besides Tick Rock. Sport and trad and they both have camping right there and not a lot of people.
If you get to LC find the lumber yard and ask for Andy Dozier, they usually know where to find me. Gotta love small towns. May 31, 2008
San Juans, CO
chosspector   San Juans, CO
The rock is calcified San Juan volcanic tuff, not limestone. Aug 18, 2009
How long does it take to get to God's Crag (or tick rock) from Gunnison?

Thanks Sep 3, 2009
Jamie Estep
Crested Butte, CO
Jamie Estep   Crested Butte, CO
Not sure who is keeping track any more. I helped put up 3 - 5.10'ish routes out here in 2000. There's probably 10 - 15 more routes than listed at least by now. Many of these are very deceiving in grade. Very good quality rock, but 10a is fairly tough here. Mar 4, 2011
Scott T
Alpine Meadows, CA
Scott T   Alpine Meadows, CA
If the waterfall is running, resist the temptation to take a cool shower. After goofing off under the waterfall, I stepped out of the spray zone and moments later, a huge rock had come flying down and landed right where I was!! Freaky! Apr 4, 2011
mtoensing   Boulder
Don't forget your helmet! Jul 9, 2011
erik rieger
Ridgway, CO
erik rieger   Ridgway, CO
Holy beautiful crag! But, man, are there a lot of ticks in early season — I pulled at least 30 off of myself and my clothes! We had to bail from the cliff because it was impossible to stand still and belay without hoards of ticks jumping on to you. May 28, 2013
DLG Gilbert
Ridgway, Colorado
DLG Gilbert   Ridgway, Colorado
Found a ATC guide belay device and carabiner at the base of the Ritalin Wall on June 17th. Would be happy to return it to its owner if I can find them.... Jun 19, 2013
Garrett Bales
Lake City, CO
Garrett Bales   Lake City, CO
The locals call this place 'Tick Rock' for a reason. Expect thick ticks on the hike in till June. Jul 8, 2013
Does anybody have any info on whether access to this area has been affected by the recent fire? Thanks! Aug 5, 2013
Dr. Dre
Manitou Springs, CO
Dr. Dre   Manitou Springs, CO
Looking for suggestions for decent camping spots near God's Crag, preferably on Forest Service or BLM land. Thanks in advance. Aug 24, 2013
Gonna be in Lake City over Memorial Day weekend. Solo with gear in need of a belay! Anyone going to be in the area and looking to send? 3 days ago

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