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God's Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,000'
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Mileski Wall, God's Crag.


This beautiful calcified San Juan volcanic tuff (not limestone) crag looks like it is straight out of France. Located just past Lake City, this is THE sport climbing destination near Gunnison. The walls are steep pocketed pocketed streaked in black orange and white. The view from the crag is spectacular! Weather can be very fickle so bring a rain jacket and watch the clouds.

The Cave above the Mileski Wall is home to the Mixed climbing testpiece Jedi Mind Tricks (M12) established by Jared Ogden and Ryan Nelson in 2004.

Getting There 

Starting in Lake City, get to the road to Engineer Pass (Henson Creek road). From highway 50, turn right on 3rd street, go 2 blocks and turn left. This road turns into Henson Creek road. Set your odometer and at about 7.2 miles you will come to a pull out on you right and Gods Crag will be visible high and to the right.


Per erik rieger: watch for ticks, do your tick checks.

It is called Tick Rock by locals for a reason.

Climbing Season

For the Gunnison area.

Weather station 7.3 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in God's Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for God's Crag:
The Warm Up   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   High Gravity Wall
Fear is Never Boring   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 280'   High Gravity Wall
City Boy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   High Gravity Wall
The Deacon   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   High Gravity Wall
Smuggler   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Cave Area
Bone Machine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Creamy Salmon Wall
Zootie Head   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Creamy Salmon Wall
Full Facial   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Cave Area
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Featured Route For God's Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Black Velvet.

Black Velvet 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : Gunnison : ... : Creamy Salmon Wall
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Photos of God's Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Just some naked hippy we found on the approach.
Just some naked hippy we found on the approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view.
The view.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view.
The view.

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By Brandon Quinn
May 29, 2008
Hi, I am from Arizona and will be climbing around Colorado for a few weeks. Does anyone know of any camping (preferably free sites) around Lake City. The closest I know is Cement Creek. Thanks!
By John Peterson
May 29, 2008
There's tons of public land up by Lake City. I'd ask at the tourist info place there. With all of the mining claims it's hard to know what is public.

If you stay near Gunnison, the traditional place to camp is Hartman Rocks.
By Brandon Quinn
May 29, 2008
Thanks, and do you think the conditions at God's crag will be good this early in the summer?
By John Peterson
May 29, 2008
Haven't been to Lake City yet this year, but it should be fine.
By chris Kalous
May 30, 2008
Keep in mind that CO had a shitton of snow this year. It's a south-facing cliff, but a good amount of water runs off the cliff early spring. There may some wetness still. But the front side cliff is most certainly dry. Also - true story - I went down there once in early May to bolt a route and over the day, I picked off at least 60 ticks (safe estimate). It was absolutely ridiculous. I could see them in the bushes, on the grass, on my gear, on the rope. The route "Show Us Your Ticks" was born. A day later, my girlfriend woke up back at home with one crawling up her back, and a quick check of the bed and my gear revealed a few more. Talk about nightmares! By late June that same year, two days at the cliff only brought out two ticks. What happens to all the ticks? I heard ants eat them. Anybody out there know?
By Doz
May 31, 2008
How about some first hand info? I live in LC full-time. So let me give you the lowdown.
Free Camping in/around LC is very limited. There is a some within 5-10 mi of town but only a very few in or close to town (if you want more info contact me directly).

As to conditions at God's Crag locally known as Tick Rock for reasons currently being talked about. It should be good to go, we do have a ton of snow still in the high country, and it would not surprise me if the rock is wet in places still. I warn you also the ticks are BAD this year, I have been pulling them off me every time I climb. I have not been to Tick Rock this year, and it is usually one of the worst places for the little blood suckers.

There are also some other places to climb besides Tick Rock. Sport and trad and they both have camping right there and not a lot of people.
If you get to LC find the lumber yard and ask for Andy Dozier, they usually know where to find me. Gotta love small towns.
By chosspector
From: San Juans, CO
Aug 18, 2009
The rock is calcified San Juan volcanic tuff, not limestone.
By Scott McLeod
Sep 3, 2009
How long does it take to get to God's Crag (or tick rock) from Gunnison?

By Jamie Estep
From: Crested Butte, CO
Mar 4, 2011
Not sure who is keeping track any more. I helped put up 3 - 5.10'ish routes out here in 2000. There's probably 10 - 15 more routes than listed at least by now. Many of these are very deceiving in grade. Very good quality rock, but 10a is fairly tough here.
By Scott T
From: Alpine Meadows, CA
Apr 4, 2011
If the waterfall is running, resist the temptation to take a cool shower. After goofing off under the waterfall, I stepped out of the spray zone and moments later, a huge rock had come flying down and landed right where I was!! Freaky!
By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Jul 9, 2011
Don't forget your helmet!
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
May 28, 2013
Holy beautiful crag! But, man, are there a lot of ticks in early season — I pulled at least 30 off of myself and my clothes! We had to bail from the cliff because it was impossible to stand still and belay without hoards of ticks jumping on to you.
By DLG Gilbert
From: Ridgway, Colorado
Jun 19, 2013
Found a ATC guide belay device and carabiner at the base of the Ritalin Wall on June 17th. Would be happy to return it to its owner if I can find them....
By Garrett Bales
From: Lake City, CO
Jul 8, 2013
The locals call this place 'Tick Rock' for a reason. Expect thick ticks on the hike in till June.
By slim
Aug 5, 2013
Does anybody have any info on whether access to this area has been affected by the recent fire? Thanks!
By Dr. Dre
From: Manitou Springs, CO
Aug 24, 2013
Looking for suggestions for decent camping spots near God's Crag, preferably on Forest Service or BLM land. Thanks in advance.

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