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Hen and Chickens Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This crag sits below and just right of the Twin Owls. It is visible from the center of Estes Park, as a small spiky looking cliff. Up close, it's characterised by an arcing Y-shaped crack and a dihedral on the right side (the dihedral is Cackle Crack).

Approach as for the Twin Owls, and hike a short way past, then follow a climbers trail straight up to the base. The obvious, beautiful face with the Y-shaped crack (5.9/9+) will be right above you.

Getting There 

Approach as for the Twin Owls, and hike a short way past, then follow a climbers trail straight up to the base. The Twin Owls parking area at MacGregor Ranch no longer exists. Hike from the new parking lot towards the old parking lot, then go right/east to the 2nd branch trail towards the east side of Twin Owls. The obvious, beautiful orange face with the Y-shaped crack (5.9 or 9+) will be right above you.

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7 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Hen and Chickens

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hen and Chickens:
Cackle Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Yosemite Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rooster Tail   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Rhode Island Red   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Hagakure   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rooster Tail 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Lumpy Ridge : Hen and Chickens
This route is on the Hen and Chicken Rock (to quote one guidebook, when is a hen not a chicken?), which is the small, 100 foot high buttress (with pointy top) just below the SE corner of the East Owl. The approach that leaves the Gem Lake trail after about 1/4 mile leads directly to it. Rooster Tail is the prominent right-arcing hand and fist crack on the left side of the rock; near the top, follow a thin finger crack that slashes back left (crux). Walk off east....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By rob.calm
From: Loveland, Colorado
Sep 2, 2007
On 31 August 2007, I set a rappel station with sling and rappel ring, between "Rooster Tail" and "Cackle Crack". The good aspects are that it avoids the downclimb and trail on the east side and it cannot be used for toproping. However, the setting is not optimal as there is a more secure-looking placement about 10 ft. higher. However, we were getting out as fast as we could because of lightning. Indeed a climber rappeling from above Thimbleberry Jam at that time was shocked by electric current (he's OK) as well as 2 climbers who had rappeled off Wolf's Tooth (they're OK). Sometime, I'll improve the rappel station, if you don't do it first.

RobDotCalm

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