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Gem Lake Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,800'
Location: 40.40987, -105.50329 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 17, 2012

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This is an obvious, short, wide swath of granite that lies above and east of Gem Lake. It may have other names. The rock is shorter on its northern end and rises to near 300 feet on its southern end. Climbers have infrequently ventured onto these faces. There is room for exploration.

The taller face can be divided by 3 main chimneys into 4 main faces.

There are scramble offs of the northern middle and northern face going to the north and hooking up with the trail. There is a scramble off for the southern-most face going to the south and into a brushy gully between this rock and the shorter rock just to the south.

I just heard from Greg Sievers that he put in a 5.9+ route there back a while. Also, I heard that Scott Kimball spent a bit of time there.


A. Squeezeasy, 9- PG-13, 3p, 330', gear.
B. Left of Cleft, 9+, 1p, 100', gear.
C. The Cleft, 9-, 2p, 170', gear.
D. Exemplary Behavior, 9, 2p, 240', gear.

Getting There 

From the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, hike out the eastern trail towards Gem Lake. At ~0.5 miles, you T with the Black Canyon trail. Head east (right) and follow the trail another 1.3 miles to this crag with a net gain of ~1100'. You will see this rock from the trailhead / parking lot. You will get better views from Paul Bunyon's Boot. You can also see this rock from Pulpit Rock and McGraw Ranch. Also, you can see the parking lot from the summit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Squeezeasy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  Colorado : Lumpy Ridge : Gem Lake Wall
This is an obvious line on the left middle face of Gem Lake Wall. It certainly could have been climbed previously. If it is your route, let me know and I'll fix it.From a distance, the right side of this modest wall has some prominent chimneys. As you look closer, you see a few discontinuous lines and a pair of cracks on the left middle face. This line is the right of these two crack. Its off-verticality adds to its climbability at a reasonable grade. This line is generally much more susta...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Gem Lake Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: On Sept 2, 2010, Ross Swanson and I climbed the bi...
On Sept 2, 2010, Ross Swanson and I climbed the bi...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is a crag just to the west that looked better...
This is a crag just to the west that looked better...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown crag just to the south.  The rock is remin...
Unknown crag just to the south. The rock is remin...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the shorter side above Gem Lake itself.
This is the shorter side above Gem Lake itself.
Rock Climbing Photo: The taller bit of Gem Lake Wall.
The taller bit of Gem Lake Wall.

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By George Bracksieck
Dec 15, 2012
Cool to see this. I've looked at these routes for decades. Couple years ago, I found someone to visit with me. Ross Swanson and I did a couple routes, of which I posted a photo on this page.

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