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This rock is about 150 feet high and currently has about five routes on it, none are bolted. Most are about 5.9 and one pitch long. There is a walk-off on the back side. Access can be limited during raptor nesting season.

Getting There 

From the new parking lot, take the west trail towards the old Twin Owls parking lot ~0.6 miles. Then, head towards Batman Rock, try to find a trail that cuts off to the right well below the crag. Christmas Crag is at the same elevation as Checkerboard Rock, but on the right side of the trail. It takes about 10-15 minutes from the old parking lot & probably 30-35 minutes from the new parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Christmas Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Christmas Crag:
Tree Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
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Featured Route For Christmas Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott starting to lead the route.

Tree Crack 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  Colorado : Lumpy Ridge : Christmas Crag
Start in the crack directly below the tree. Follow the crack up to the tree and continue to the roof. The crack gets much larger above the tree and it may be easier to make a short belay from the tree first. When you get to the roof, the route traverses to the right until you get to some large boulders that can be down climbed on the far side of the gully. There is a crack along the traverse that makes it easily protected....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 12, 2002
The approach to this rock is a little devious, with some zig-zagging and 3rd class scrambling after you leave the Batman trail. Try to identify the rock from below so you know where you're headed.
By Errett Allen
Sep 30, 2002
The approach is best done by skirting Fallen Down Crag on the east and then traversing west once you are above Fallen Down Crag. When hiking up the Batman Trail, keep a lookout to the right for a small rock duck. Leave the trail here and ascend directly up the slope (north) until a largish rock formation appears directly ahead of you -- this is Fallen Down Crag. Go right of the crag and ascend a gully until you can see Christmas Crag to the west, then turn left (west) to traverse to the crag. Ascending the gully directly between Fallen Down Crag and Christmas Crag can be done but involves devious third classing through huge boulders and bushwhacking -- not recommended.

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