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CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries Rock Climbing 


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Edge of Time, The Fin, Jurassic Park.

Description 

This stretch of crags includes a vast array of smaller crags with granitic, gneiss, and schist rock with routes up to perhaps 600 feet in length. For those seeking a quieter, more peaceful experience, there is much to enjoy here. We do share a minority of this terrain with a different crowd who enjoys motorized travel & teenage frivolity in the National Forests. Stretches of Twin Sisters are utilized in the fall by hunters. Some areas are better accessed with high-clearance 4WD transportation.

For the most part, these crags are traditionally protected, although a few crags along here have been tamed with fixed protection. Much of the cragging here lies at altitudes between 8-11,000 feet. Some stretches lies on private land (e.g. Fish Creek Pinnacles), so be careful to check on some of these lesser-known areas if you go exploring. There are few roadside crags along here, many rocks require an approach of up to 90 minutes.

Some of the more popular (still backwater) areas along here include: The Crags (Twin Sisters), Jurassic Park (Lily Lake), Ironclads (Allenspark), Lily Mountain, the Thumb & Needle (Prospect Mt), Deville Rocks (accessed with permission of Cheley Camps) but there is much more. So, come and explore.

Getting There 

CO Hwy 7 (which is part of the Peak to Peak Highway) extends from Estes Park, south through Allenspark, and veers east through South St. Vrain Canyon to Lyons. The section here describes crags between Estes Park and the top of South St. Vrain Canyon.

From Estes Park, head south on CO Hwy 7 off US 36.

From Denver, head north on I-25, go NW on US 36 through the town of Boulder to Lyons. At the T junction you have two choices. To access the southern crags, you can go left (south), up CO Hwy 7, winding up South St. Vrain Canyon. At the top of the canyon, you go straight which continues north toward Estes Park. To access the northern crags, you can go north at the T junction on US 36 to Estes Park. Then head south on CO Hwy 7 shortly after passing Lake Estes.

To access this from the central or western side of the state, you can drive up the Peak to Peak Highway off I-70, through Central City, Rollinsville, Nederland, etc., but this is a winding drive.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.3 miles from here

281 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries:
Dirty No-Gooders   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Ironclads : Mount Boner
Coloradoddity   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Your Possible Pasts   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Long Wall
Shaking the Pope's Hand   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   The Ironclads : Mount Boner
Lost Time   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Stout Blue Vein   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Gilded Lily   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Left Hand Rock
Joint Venture   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
Middle Toe   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
Edge of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
East of Eden   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
CG's Naked Fun Time   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Critical Morass   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Copradelite   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
Wizard's Path   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Slabbed Up-Side da Head   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Dynamometer   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Take Me to Your Leader   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Andrology   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
The Gatekeeper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
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Walking with the Pope 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Estes Park Valley : ... : Sharksfin
This is the first bolted climb at the Crags. It follows a beautiful panel of rock on the SE corner of the formation. If you follow the bolts directly, it is 11+/12-. By heading to the arete, you can keep the grade at 5.10+....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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