East Elk Granite Rock Climbing
The East Elk granite is tucked away in a quiet canyon, rising up to 400 feet high and featuring a mix of sport, mixed, and traditional climbing. An increasing number of multi-pitch lines have been developed although the highest concentration of quality climbing is single pitch sport. It's been a seldom visited crag over the years, so expect a little adventure getting to the crag and on some of the climbs until they get more traffic, which is likely with the new guidebook out.
Drive up East Elk Creek Road where the road turns to gravel before “dead-ending” at a gate by a ranch. Go through the gate, and in 1/4 mile you enter Forest Service land. Continue on a rough road for approximately 1 mile to the true dead end of the road where you can park by a footbridge across East Elk Creek. For those with low-clearance vehicles, careful driving will take you to a pullout before a steep, rough hill. From here, you can hike the last 1/4 mile of road to the trailhead.
Cross the footbridge and take five or six steps on the trail before taking a left into the trees to find a discreet climbers’ trail to the right of the large scree field. The trail switchbacks up the hillside through the trees. After crossing a scree field, the trail splits, cutting left and back through the scree field to go to the Uber Wall, the Jungle Gym, and the Middle Ground. Going straight at the trail junction takes you to the rest of the areas such as the Headwall, Original Overhangs, and the Slab area.
An alternate approach for the northernmost areas, such as the Slab area, exists a few hundred yards up the East Elk Creek trail.
Climbing Season For the Glenwood Springs area.
Weather station 14.5 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For East Elk Granite
Land of New Beginnings 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
: Glenwood Springs
: ... : The Original Wall
This is the first route established at East Elk.Start from a small ledge, and climb past two bolts before staying on the face left of the left-facing dihedral. A red Camalot fits in a horizontal, and either a 0.4 or 0.5 Camalot fits in a crack in the dihedral. Finish on a slab with two more bolts and a good runout to the anchor. This is used to approach The Odyssey as well as other Headwall routes....[more] Browse More Classics in CO