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The Etive Slabs are a relatively low angle expanse of rock that provides several easy and moderate friction routes and one very interesting crack climb. This is a good area for beginners new to friction climbing. The bolts are old, but top roping possibilities are common.
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About a mile west of Pine there is a dirt pullout on the north side of the road. Hubbel's old guide says 5.6 miles on CO 126 from Pine Junction. There is an old dirt two-track that heads up the hill. The rocks are on vacant land, but please be considerate of the locals.

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Interested in very recent info regarding access to Etive slabs, private property issues -- these posts all seem to be from 2009; any newer news? Sep 22, 2012
Mike Morin
North Conway, NH
Mike Morin   North Conway, NH
I agree, especially in this case where the "Getting There" section advises folks to access via a road that is currently posted No Trespassing. Aug 28, 2009
Kevin Stricker
Evergreen, CO
Kevin Stricker   Evergreen, CO
Personally I do not think we should be posting any areas that are on private property without knowing if access is allowed by the homeowners. While it is educational from a historical perspective, it is not worth the potential negative impacts. Aug 28, 2009
John McNamee
Littleton, CO
John McNamee   Littleton, CO  
I've added a access note about this area possibly being on private land. Hopefully it can get sorted out like the rest of Pine at some stage. Jun 15, 2009
Bill Duncan
Jamestown, CO
Bill Duncan   Jamestown, CO
According to the Jefferson County assessor's web site, there are 4 plots around and including the slabs. The slabs themselves appear to be on private land but listed as Vacant on the website. The plot to the SE has the house, the plot between the slabs and the road is vacant, as is the one to the NW. The plot to the NW may be the best option, but I have not been there recently to see about signs, etc.

I think the paintball club owns the land the Ding Domes are on, but not the Etive slabs. Of course anything could have changed in recent years. Jun 12, 2009
ithought a paintball club owned (or at least shot at each other) in this area(?). Jun 11, 2009
Mike Morin
North Conway, NH
Mike Morin   North Conway, NH
I have similar questions. While the house to the north over the ridge is for sale and vacant I'm curious who owns the slabs. The log cabin below the southern end of the slab seems like the likely owner. It is possible to approach from the vacant property and not pass any NO TRESPASSING signage, but pleading ignorance based on this would be pretty lame. Pretty neat looking stuff though, anyone else have some thoughts? Mark, er...Buff? Jun 11, 2009
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
While it has been YEARS... I have been chased off these slabs by folks insisting I was trespassing. The signs by the road haven't changed. Are these on private property? Is there a way to approach without trespassing? Jun 11, 2009

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