My girlfriend and I are heading to Colorado on June 6th to attend her brothers wedding. We have to be in Telluride by the 14th, giving us 7 days to climb and hike around CO.
I would imagine we'll fly into Denver and rent a car, but that's all we have penciled in at this point. I've been cruising around MP for possible destinations, but with all the options it's hard to narrow it down. Boulder and boulder canyon look like a promising spot to spend a day or 2. We're looking for sport routes up to 5.11 but preferably 10s and lower so we both get to lead. Multi pitch would be a bonus.
Any advice on places to climb and hike would be an immense help. We're also (obviously) looking to stay for cheap/free so camping or bare bones accommodations would be ideal. Thanks for the help!
Shane N From Portland, Maine Joined May 12, 2013 27 points
if you want sport, rifle mtn park is about 4 hours from telluride or Denver. the falls wall in telluride has some good sport routes but not a huge amount. shelf road is not too far by western standards and has a ton of sport. just to name a few.
camping is around 7 bucks a night at rifle and shelf (blm) and plenty of free camping in the national forest near telluride.
also several 14000 foot peaks to climb near telluride if your into mountaineering.
george wilkey From travelers rest sc Joined Jan 23, 2013 258 points
We're looking for sport routes up to 5.11 but preferably 10s and lower so we both get to lead. Multi pitch would be a bonus.
One of my favorite routes around here is Brown Palace, 6 pitches of well-bolted sport climbing... the longest pure sport route in CO. Brown Palace Two of the pitches are easy 5.11. And it's got a very easy approach.
Jon Lachelt From Fort Collins, CO Joined Feb 2, 2007 15 points
In addition, to the mentioned areas, and if you're passing through the summit area (Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70) there is Mount Royal in Frisco. This has long multi-pitch sport right in your sweet spot and a grueling 3 min approach on a gravel bike path.
Victor K From Denver, CO Joined Jul 15, 2003 166 points
Yes I second Mount Royal! ( royal flush = 1600 ft 5.9+- all bolted. Though for some a few cams/nuts are good if run outs aren't your thing.) As well as clear creek canyon. If you're in clear creek county there is plenty of free camping to be had depending on your vehicles capabilities.
DoNstamos From Subaru Joined May 1, 2012 450 points