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Equinox Gardens Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,200'
Location: 39.89707, -106.07775 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: matt kane on Oct 10, 2014
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This is your roadside indicator rock! The clamshel...


Equinox Gardens is a sunny, above trees, south-facing rock fin with routes possible on all sides. It has mostly southern exposure. This is very nice on a nice day and has excellent sunrises AND sunsets.

Getting There 

Take Ute Pass Rd. to Keyser Creek Rd. About 2 miles on left, park next to overhanging, "clamshell"-looking rock, and look uphill. It takes about a 5-10 minute hike freestyle up the hill. It is pretty obvious if you found the clamshell. There are actual parking/camping pulloffs before and after about half a mile in each direction. There is plenty of room to park on the left, by the clam.

All the free camping you could want back in this valley, with a little creek to filter water from. There is a large developed campground at Ute Pass/Keyser Creek intersection if you want to pay like a sucker.

It is not near anything but the Henderson Mill and Aspen Canyon Ranch. It is 40 minutes from Silverthorne, probably about the same from Kremmling taking the dirt roads. The dirt road is very mellow, you could drive a car on it.

This valley is a gem! There is so much more to try on toprope as well. Watch out for moose, thorns, lightning, hail, and loose rocks on the way to and around the bottom of the wall. Expect to toss a few rocks if you are blazing a new route. The rock is pretty stable, but there are some loose man killers here and there, I have been trying to clear them everytime I go. I have yet to find any evidence of big kitties, if you know what I mean. There is TONS to do here still. "Venkman", "Suzy Triangles", and "Spice Drops" videos can be found on

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Weather station 5.8 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: The big notch about 25 feet up is an unmistakable ...

Venkman 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Colorado : Equinox Gardens
Start on a block, and work up the first set of small cracks, looking left towards sloping up and left notch. Then there is the "cat's tongue", a rest block. Go up some more cracky stuff, a thinner more stable one, then a looser section, then cross the fin (which can be skipped). There are lots of options for placing pro. It gets thin in the notch and up near the top. This finishes across a fin, with your back to a 60 foot shaft. Use a sling anchor of the only tree on the rock fin. There is no ea...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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The more left/west side, yet to be unlocked! Looky...
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