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June Trip Ideas

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Matt Vittorelli · · Portland, Maine · Joined May 2016 · Points: 5

Hey I was just wondering if anyone had some recommendations for some climbing areas? Heading our there in June and from what I see there are a lot of closures for wildlife around that time. Looking for some longer trad moderates and some fun sport routes up to 5.11. Thanks in advance.

Travis Bieber · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 48

Check out the Black Hills region, Spearfish Canyon, and Needles of Rushmore/Custer state park.

Adamant D · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 5

Matt- your question is in the CO forum, though the first question seems to give direction for SD. Assuming you're looking for CO info:

Depending on how the spring shakes out, June is probably a bit early for moderate alpine routes. But, you'll find plenty to do around the Front Range without running into raptor closures - Boulder Canyon and Eldo will have lots of options (maybe check out Adventure Lodge for accommodations?). The South Platte can be wonderful in June - Devil's Head & Eleven Mile Canyon have good route concentrations and camping options. If you're looking to escape the Front Range, there are options further afield - Buena Vista has decent climbing, but a beautiful part of the state, and the Western Slope around Grand Junction has some awesome places to explore.

Travis Bieber · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 48

Well SD isn't that far away and has fewer people, some could argue better climbing. Could spend a week in Spearfish Canyon and run into fewer than a dozen people all week. All while enjoying some fun sport routes. Plus there aren't closures up here

Idaho Bob · · McCall, ID · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 450

City of Rocks/Castle Rock offer fine climbing in June.  Sometimes a closure on one of the trails to Flaming Rock, but there's an easy alternative.

plantmandan · · Brighton, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 50

For longer trad moderates, Lumpy Ridge is terrific. The weather in June is usually nice there, warm enough and pre-monsoon. You won't regret going there.  

Matt Vittorelli · · Portland, Maine · Joined May 2016 · Points: 5

Thanks so much for the recommendations, looking forward to climbing out that way. 

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