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Clay Creek Crag

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Clay Creek Crag Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.16663, -108.23833 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Clay Creek Crag is a great year round climbing area with 50+ routes, from easy to hard. The best routes are the harder ones, but beginners will have fun here, also. It is beautiful sandstone climbing, mostly sport. 8 quickdraws are recommended, with some trad: 2 sets of nuts and cams recommended.

Getting There 

Go West on CO 145 towards Norwood. Take a right at the bottom of Norwood Hill, just before the bridge on Forest Service Road 510 (530?). After driving 4.3 miles up this road, park in the large turnout on the left side of road. The trail to crag is across the road. It is a 15 minute approach.

Climbing Season

For the Telluride/Norwood area area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',3],['5.10',8],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Clay Creek Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Clay Creek Crag:
Big Boy    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Hang Loose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Dr. Evil   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Clay Creek Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Eagle's Edge.

Eagle's Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Telluride/Norwood area : Clay Creek Crag
This one offers some good exposure pretty quickly off the ground. Move up bolts trending right towards the arete, then continue up to the anchor. The crux is down low a couple bolts up before gaining the arete. It has a crappy belay area....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Sam A.
From: San Antonio, TX
Jul 30, 2013
Tried to go to Clay Creek Crag this morning (7/30/2013). Had to turn around on FS 510 due to the road being washed out with deep mud across the road. Our vehicle was not equipped to attempt to cross it.
By Mary Ellen Man
From: Midvale, UT
Jun 11, 2014
The old guidebook said to take FS 510, but the directions given on this website directs you to FS 530, which is the correct way to the crag. If you are watching your odometer, the pullout is closer to 4 miles from the pavement.