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Holly's Hassle TR 

Dark Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,500'
Location: 40.42476, -105.5709 View Map  Incorrect?
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Dark Mountain is a part of Rocky Mountain National Park. It has overnight camping fees but no day use fees. The terrain is difficult with dead and downed trees due to massive pine-beetle related die-off. The gneiss rock varies in quality. There are mostly large boulders and slabby sections with some fun, short walls.

Getting There 

Hike into McGregor Camp from the Lumpy Ridge TH. Turn East (left) onto the Dark Mountain Trail, and at about 1/2 mile, you'll pass boulders that extend down the hill to the trail on your right. Hike up the hill, scrambling over dead & down trees to the apparent horizon due North. Keep an eye out for a small notched red wall. Access to the top anchors is an easy scramble or a longer hike up and around the back of the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Lumpy Ridge area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the last short section of Holly's Hassle.

Holly's Hassle 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Lumpy Ridge : Dark Mountain
This short (~50') wall has three distinct sections for the new climber: starting with an easy bottom section (~20'), a challenging middle section with a shelf for contemplation (~20'), and a crimpy finish (~10').There are breakaway gneiss flakes up the left side and sturdy flakes and nubs up the center. There are easy cracks and ledges up the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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