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Elevation: 9,000 ft
GPS: 40.01648, -105.76098
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Hurd Creek is a rock outcrop with four sections and about 30 single-pitch sport routes. It is secluded and a little hard to find, but it has good terrain and rock quality (gneiss, which is nice). Generally faces SW, so it is quite sunny and warm.

The crag has been developed by Jim Shaw and Don Maurais, and perhaps others. Most routes have appropriate bolt spacing (a bit old-school in places) and double top anchors with snap links or winch hooks. Although very convenient, snap links are not as strong as most anchors, so watch for wear and you may want to clip your own gear to the hangers. Some routes can be toproped.

Routes range from 5.6 to 5.12 and about 30-60 feet in length. Jim & Elliott Shaw have published a small guidebook called "Fraser Valley Climbs" (second edition), which is available for a modest price at Two Pines Supply in Granby and Icebox Mountain Sports in Fraser. Please buy this book. Jim has donated considerable time and money to put up the routes, and the small proceeds from book sales help support his maintenance costs. So, let's not supercede his book with this webpage.

Getting There Suggest change

[Approximate location: lat. 40.013, lon. -105.764  (an average from two user suggestions. Thx.) ]

At 3.7 miles north of Fraser, turn east off US 40 as for Devil's Thumb Ski Ranch. This turn is 0.3 miles south of Tabernash, just south of the highway curve and bridge over the railroad tracks. Call this Mile 0.0.

Mile 0.4 - take the left fork on County Rd. 84 towards Meadow Creek Reservoir (not the right fork towards Devil's Thumb Ranch).

Mile 1.2 - go straight past Strawberry Rd. on the left.

Mile 1.3 - take the right fork on CR 841 (do not take the left fork to Meadow Creek Reservoir).

Mile 2.5 - stay left on the main road (CR 841) (pass CR 843, which goes right).

Mile 2.8 - turn left off of CR 841 (before it crosses Hurd Creek) onto CR 848. There has been a "Dead End" sign here in the past, but it is not a dead end.

Mile 3.3 - this is the tricky part. The road splits three ways. Take the right fork even though it appears to be the lesser road of the three and looks like a driveway. There has been a "forest access" sign and sometimes a FR sign, but the FR sign has been taken down at times in the past. This road has several cabins along the road, and although you don't need 4WD for traction, it is quite rough for 1.1 miles (if your vehicle has less than 6" of ground clearance, you may wish to take a longer alternate route discussed below).

Mile 4.4 - junction with FR 128 (aka CR 81, aka "Water Board Road"). Go right and uphill.

Mile 4.7 - go straight and uphill (per Lindsay Clark, 2013: the sign now says Rd 130.1). Do not go right on continuation of FR 128. Proceed uphill (on 130.1) with views of the Hurd Creek Crag up to the left.

Mile 5.1 - the road widens with a small pullout area on the left and a small cairn marking the trail. Through the trees you can see a small footbridge crossing Hurd Creek.

Trail -- hike about a half mile to the crag on a good trail. Shortly before the crag, the trail splits. Go left to the Lower Wall or go right to the other walls.

[Alternate route to avoid rough road: At Mile 1.3, take the left fork onto FR 129 towards Meadow Creek Reservoir. After several miles (maybe about 5 miles?), turn right on FR 128. Go generally south and downhill on FR 128 for about 3 miles until reaching Mile 4.4 in the description above, where the rough road comes in from the right and you now go left.]

Per Tim K: I would recommend getting there via Water Board Road to skip the adventure road - goo.gl/maps/BawQEiD5vNyvdMP69 is directions to the parking area for the crag from Fraser. Leaving Fraser, head up CO 8 and then Water Board Road. When you reach the intersection for Hurd Creek Road, turn right, and the parking area is a short ways on your left. The approach crosses a foot bridge and heads towards the rock in a west/slightly northwest direction.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hurd Creek Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Michele's Crack
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Split Personality
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 14
Throw Up
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 9
Batch It
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Put Up
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Shut Up
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
In the Groove
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Allison's Issue
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Through the Roof
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Bird's Nest
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Mother Jugs
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Match It
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Speed
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Father Pinch
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Rumney
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Michele's Crack First Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Split Personality First Wall
 8
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Throw Up Lower Wall
 14
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Batch It Lower Wall
 9
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Put Up Lower Wall
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Shut Up Lower Wall
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
In the Groove First Wall
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Allison's Issue First Wall
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Through the Roof First Wall
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bird's Nest Lower Wall
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mother Jugs Upper Wall
 8
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Match It Lower Wall
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Speed Upper Wall
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Father Pinch Upper Wall
 5
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Rumney Lower Wall
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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