Wolcott Navajo Band - (West) Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe Wolcott Navajo Bands (East and West)- are the lower, red Navajo bands that are split by Milk Creek. Milk Creek is the (sometimes) dry desert wash that drains into the Eagle River from the north, located west (downstream) of the main Wolcott Bouldering area on US Highway 6. Wolcott Navajo Band (West) is the larger cliff band on the west side of Milk Creek. I established 2 routes on this large band of Navajo sandstone in the mid-nineties. Southern exposure offers possible year-round climbing opportunies....
Trestle and CMC areas are off limits. Details
The entire Trestle and CMC areas are now off-limits. The house finally sold and the new owners are more than happy to call the cops on climbers and fishermen (even for trespassing on land that is not theirs!).
Getting ThereThe approach from I-70 (Eagle River bridge) may be illegal, because the shortest line up to these routes from I-70 crosses the Piney Valley Ranch (Horn Ranch) property. The Horn Ranch was recently placed under conservation easement; however, no specific climbing access through the ranch was provided. Also, it would be an understatement to say that the local sheriff's office and CDOT frown on parking on the shoulder of I-70 in this location, so it's best to avoid it.
The best approach is to park for the main bouldering area off of US Hwy 6, walk upstream through the campground, and take the trestle crossing approach as for the upper (Dakota) bands of rock. There is an established trail to the East side of Milk Creek and none to the west side, so you have to wander up the drainage a few hundred yards to get past the private ranch before turning left up to the Wolcott Navajo Bands - West (which are all on public lands). Expect a 20 to 30 minute hike. You are still crossing Union Pacific land, but they abandoned the train tracks a long time ago and it has never been an issue.
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