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May 22, 2016
Road tripping this summer with mountain bikes in addition to climbing gear. Wondering if folks have suggestions for climbs which meet the following criteria:

1) Classic alpine climbing. Up to 5.10 in difficulty. But 5.2 is fine if the position is stunning.
2) CO, WY, UT, ID, OR, WA, or BC. Climbable June-August.
3) A good portion of the approach is on trails suitable (and legal) for mountain bikes.


Thanks!
jkd159
Joined Jun 30, 2010
20 points
May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Matilda
The climbing is easy, but the views are stunning:

Ride up Lake Como Road in the Blanca Group in the Sangres of CO, and solo the Little Bear - Blanca traverse, tag Ellingwood Pt. as well.

You will want a very early start, camping at the top of the road would be ideal.


Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Como
Lake Como


mountainproject.com/v/little-b...
LongRanger
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jan 12, 2014
74 points
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May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo: Adam Sanders.
Check out the NE Butt of Slesse. It's an awesome route, one of the best alpine rock routes in NA IMO. The normal descent is down the south side, so a car shuttle or bike shuttle is pretty much mandatory. I did with a bike and it was really fun. Not single track, but rough logging roads. Monomaniac
From Morrison, CO
Joined Oct 26, 2006
17,844 points
May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Old school liebacker
Set your base camp in the Pine Lake Campground (USFS) and then head UP to the "Jungle" mountainproject.com/v/jungle-o... Roy Suggett
Joined Jul 20, 2009
6,244 points
May 22, 2016
Awesome! Thanks for all the ideas. I'll definitely be hitting up some of those. jkd159
Joined Jun 30, 2010
20 points
May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: On top of Hitchcock Pinnacle.
Engineer mountain near Durango. Not a hard climb at all, but stunning view from the top and amazing biking. Here's a video I shot.

Steven Groetken
From Durango, CO
Joined Sep 30, 2012
394 points
May 22, 2016
Can you Mountain bike into the Pope's Nose outside Durango? Bill M
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jun 30, 2010
328 points
May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Ringo at Riverside Boulder.
Bill M wrote:
Can you Mountain bike into the Pope's Nose outside Durango?

No.
s.price
From PS,CO
Joined Dec 1, 2010
1,376 points
May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Ringo at Riverside Boulder.
Not exactly what your looking for but if you are in the area Camp Bird road to South Slopes on Mt. Sneffels is a great way to easily bag a 14er. Then back down to Ouray or Ridgway for a pint or two and a soak. Fun.


Summit shot from last time I was over there.
Rock Climbing Photo: How do you make the summit more beautiful? Doug Br...
How do you make the summit more beautiful? Doug Bryson celebrates after ascending the Southwest Ridge 2 days before knee surgery for a torn miniscus. These young women had just done South Slopes as their first 14er. 9/11/03. It snowed the next day.
s.price
From PS,CO
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May 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: hi
The Emperor Ridge on Mt. Robson in BC. You can bike the first 9K, then the next 9K is on foot to the base of the ridge. To the top, then down the South Face and back to your bikes to ride out. jon jugenheimer
From Madison
Joined Apr 24, 2006
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May 23, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: On top of Hitchcock Pinnacle.
Bill M wrote:
Can you Mountain bike into the Pope's Nose outside Durango?


That's in the Weminuche. Wilderness area, so you're not even allowed to think about anything with a mechanical advantage.
Steven Groetken
From Durango, CO
Joined Sep 30, 2012
394 points
May 24, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Matilda
If you would like to bag any of the other 14ers, approaching by bike - lemme know: I've done them all like that. Silverton/Lake City make a great base to park yer car, then take bikes up the rough 4wd/atv trails.

For Popes Nose, looks like you can go a bit far about FSR 501, before hitting Wilderness.
LongRanger
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jan 12, 2014
74 points
May 24, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Best climbing pants EVER
Friends of mine just climbed Audobon last week. They parked at the Brainard Lake Winter Lot, biked the 2 miles along the road (currently closed to vehicles) to arrive at the trailhead, then locked the bikes to a tree, climbed Audobon, descended, then biked back to the car. Jon H
From Boulder
Joined Nov 24, 2009
138 points
May 24, 2016
LongRanger wrote:
The climbing is easy, but the views are stunning: Ride up Lake Como Road in the Blanca Group in the Sangres of CO, and solo the Little Bear - Blanca traverse, tag Ellingwood Pt. as well. You will want a very early start, camping at the top of the road would be ideal. mountainproject.com/v/little-b...


Just don't get run over by 4wd vehicles. Should be clear by early august except for T Storms,,it's been pretty snowy the last month or so.
john strand
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