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El Camino de Cabra 

YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 1500', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a [details]
FA: a herd of mountain goats
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: George Bell on Feb 24, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: The ramp on El Camino de Cabra, late June 2010.


This is the standard walk-up route up the NE face from Lower Sand Creek Lake. It is probably the most commonly climbed route on the mountain.

The only difficulty is getting past a cliff band near the bottom. According to legend, a team of intrepid OLTS students (a Colorado organization similar to Outward Bound) was challenged by their instructor to find a route past this obstacle. As the team discussed possible routes, they observed a herd of mountain goats making their way up a steep ramp through the cliff band. Knowing that these sturdy pioneers would use the optimal route, the students ascended the "way of the goats".

See the recent Trip Report by Erin Burr & Ryan Schilling.


Climb SW from Lower Sand Creek Lake, directly toward the summit. If you are lucky a helpful mountain goat may point the way up the ramp through the cliff band. Otherwise you will have to find it yourself. It is approximately in the center of the cliff band.

Cairns mark the route when descending from above, as the passage through the cliff band is not so easy to spot from above.



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Rock Climbing Photo: The ridge above the ramp on Camino de Cabra.
BETA PHOTO: The ridge above the ramp on Camino de Cabra.

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By Jesse Hill
Sep 15, 2017

A good story - but a better name would refer to Sheep, as it is highly unlikely that they saw a heard of mountain goats in this range/area in the last 50+ years. Most likely it was the rocky mountain sheep tracks. While a lone goat roamed in the late 2000s, it was removed by the DOW in 2011. In 2016 & 2017, a lone goat has been spotted.

If you do see a mountain goat in this area of the Sangres, please let the Terrestrial Biologist with the DOW in Pueblo know. The DOW would appreciate any photos too.

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