BETA PHOTO: M3 Crag - Plan C.
The M3 Crag is located across the creek from the Wall of the '90s and just downstream of the Mission Wall. This alpine training ground offers some great potential for chossy, mossy, wintry goodness.
This secluded crag offers some excellent relief from the road and some promising potential for winter ascents.
The M3 Crag lies just west of tunnel two in Clear Creek Canyon behing the Mission Wall. Parking can be had in the same spot used for The Wall of The '90s. Head South along the creek towards IROK and Punk Rock. After crossing the Tyrolean traverse, continue heading south on the west side of the river for 200 yards. You will reach a short scree gully. Ascend this gully for 200 feet to the M3 Crag.
This is a winter crag. Cross the frozen creek to gain the west bank. If the creek is impassable, use the Tyrolean traverse.
"For the wire tyrolean, a metal pulley is recommended to avoid chewing through your carabiners. Safety glasses or sunglasses will help with the metal shavings, too."
You can rappel the route via fixed slings at the top, or walf-off via climber's left (SW).
Climbing Season For the Clear Creek Canyon - Ice area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For M3 Crag
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A fun and enjoyable moderate mixed line, Plan C is located on the left (SW) side of the wall beneath a left-facing dihedral/corner. Start on the slab below, working your way up to a stance at the base of a ramp. Follow the ramp system up and right, then go left making a move around the corner into the base of the dihedral. [Note: you can bypass the ramp and climb directly through a small roof to the base of the dihedral, increasing the difficulty.] Climb the dihedral to a final slab above...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Panorama shot of M3 Crag.
NomadClimber enroute to M3 Crag after a long day i...
CB & CS enjoying a great snowy day @ M3.
Oct 19, 2015
After coming off the Tyrolean, indeed, head south...I thought it was more like 125 yds, rather than 200yds...but hey, Jason used to play football, so maybe his sense is better than mine! Just as you get south of the huge Mission Wall formation, you'll see a gully running back up and right (W/NW)--it has some talus right down the gut, but it's mostly vegetated. You can see M3 Crag clearly from the fisherman's trail beside the creek; it's not hidden or obscured by any other formation. There is a prominent (40ft high) ponderosa pine at the right edge of the formation--the tree sits just left of the gully. If you continue along the creek you'll come to a big cottonwood right on the bank, just before the river turns S and then SE--if you hit the cottonwood, you have gone too far. Turn around, look back up the hill to the NW and you're looking right at M3 Crag--it's the first chunk of rock you come to while hiking up the gully. Hope this helps.
Needs cleaning and be very careful working along the top--tons of loose rock, still flakes coming off while working routes. Could be a fun crag once cleaned.
Thanks, Jason, for getting it started!