Cottontail Crag Rock Climbing
A small but very worthy crag outside Estes Park. It receives full sun and offers a small selection of hard routes. A few cracks (5.10 and 5.11) and a handful of sport pitches. All the routes are worth doing, but don't miss Cottontail Right, the right of the two cracks (5.11c) and Destroyer (5.12a) the bolted pitch just to the right.
Take US Highway 36 west out of Estes Park, veer left on Spur 66 and follow it to its end. One can see the crag up and left from the cul de sac. Park and hike up and follow the power lines for about 10 minutes. The crag should be just up on your left. It can be identified by two nice cracks on its west side, and four (?) sport lines on its southern side.
Climbing Season For the Estes Park Valley area.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Cottontail Crag
Bunny Roof 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
: Estes Park Valley
: Cottontail Crag
Climb up the short, left-facing corner left of Pay At The Pump. Step up and out right onto the face above the corner to a horizontal seam. There are some stopper placements in this seam, but one of them is a little further right than you would hope, so bring some long slings since the climbing leads left from here. Climb diagonally up and left to the first bolt underneath the big roof. From here, some super fun, gymnastic maneuvers lead diagonally left out the roof and onto the perc...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 12, 2002
Tread carefully around the campground just beyond the caul-de-sac. The owners aren't very climber-friendly. Proabably best to go up to the reservoir, another 100 yards up, and cut over to the trail from there. It isn't necessary to follow the power lines as there is a reasonable trail which can easily be found from the res.