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Cottonwood Creek (Sherman to Cuba Gulch) Rock Climbing 

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This is a collection of climbs that begin past the winter road closure at the townsite of Sherman and go up to the poorly named (in the Roberts' guide) "Cuba Gulch" climbs. You will find remote usually long climbs in a beautiful setting. Bring skis or snowshoes, prepare for a long day, remember that sun does not really hit the North-facing climbs, so they will be brutally cold on a cold day and have fun- this is a super area!

Be VERY aware of the potentially huge avy danger along the approaches and from above the climbs. Specifically, look at the danger by aspect in the Northern San Juans on the Colorado Avy Info Site ( ) and pay close attention to the aspects threattening your intended line and the snow stability at higher elevations.

With the exception of the Sherman climb, you probably want a map and compass.

Getting There 

Drive South out of Lake City and take the Lake San Christobal turn just befor the base of the switchbacks. Go to the end of the plowed road which should be accessible with 2WD and no clearance issues. The road is usually maintained up to the Catarac Gulch Trailhead and has a nice turn around. Ski or snowshoe up the road past the closure to your intended climb. There is usually a good trail in to the Sherman climb and there can be x-country ski tracks beyond this for some distance but if you are going in to the "Cuba Gulch" climbs be prepared to break trail.

The GPS coordinates used in the map link above are for the road directly across from the base of the Sherman Climb which is no more than 1/4 mile beyond the parking area.

Climbing Season

For the CO Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 12.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Cottonwood Creek (Sherman to Cuba Gulch)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cottonwood Creek (Sherman to Cuba Gulch):
Sherman Climb   WI4     Ice, 4 pitches   
Cotton Picker   WI3 M4     Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the climb from the road.

Cotton Picker WI3 M4  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Cottonwood Creek (Sherman t...
This climb seems to form consistently and typically forms 3+ pitches.P1: follow the low angle slab to the ledge belay from a the fixed webbing on a tree 20 feet up and right.P2: from the tree, move left and climb up to the next shelf. Belay from a tree with fixed webbing about 10 feet up and right.P3: slog through the snow for about 70 feet to the base of the third pitch. Climb the third pitch, and either find a tree or v-thread to rappel to the belays to reach the bottom.Note: double 60m ropes ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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