The Cactus Garden Rock Climbing
|GPS:||40.687, -105.39 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Ken Duncan on Nov 15, 2015|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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DescriptionThis is the large, south-facing wall at the head of the valley north of the Stove Prairie/CO Highway 14 intersection (on the south face of Red Mountain). The wall is fairly sheltered and is warm on chilly days. Be sure to bring cactus-proof approach shoes.
Getting ThereWe initially hiked directly up the valley to the wall, but the cactus are the thickest I've seen in Colorado (our dogs did not have a good time). The talus slope at the end is also extremely unstable. A better approach is as follows:
Park at the Stove Prairie/CO Highway 14 intersection, cross the highway, and head downstream along the Poudre for about 100 yards to the first shallow crossing area. Cross the river, and head uphill to the ridgeline, then follow the ridge almost to its top. Cut left under the last big pine tree, and follow cairns that diagonal up and left, passing close to several other trees to reach the cliff. Once at the cliff, scramble up a ramp which connects to the ledge crossing the face.
The approach takes about 45 minutes from the river.
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