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Medusa Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 39.9564, -105.2856 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tony B on Feb 8, 2013
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Medusa peeks out from between the trees just East ...

  • The Upper Crag of Medusa is subject to the Seasonal Cliff-chicken closure, apparently as part of the Sphinx closure(?). MORE INFO >>>
  • Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>
  • Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    The East Face of this formation has been climbed and is not a bad outing at all. It is easy to moderate 5th class, depending on the particular line taken - we did a few different lines.

    Getting There 

    There are multiple ways to reach Medusa. Either approach as for the Sphinx, and at the base, trace to the South and slightly East to lower elevation. The rock you will hit at the lowest point, below Pegasus is Medusa.

    Alternatively, head South on the Mesa trail further, and approach as for Pegasus/Angels's Wings from slightly South of these, cross country. While not immediately visible from slightly Northeast, the formation will be easily visible once you get slightly South of due East.

    There are several routes climbed up this formation, the best of which is probably the SE arete of the upper half of the formation.

    Climbing this formation and off of the backside will deposit you within meters of the base of Pegasus, a fantastic but obscure crag.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 1.6 miles from here

    2 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Featured Route For Medusa
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling through the looming roof up top.

    The Gorgon 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Medusa
    The Gorgon route is directly nearby and somewhat similar to Turn To Stone. The bulge/roof up top is split by cracks and has a few jugs that limit the difficulty of the climbing to 5.8, however. It is surprisingly easy relative to its initial appearance from the ground, and jugs abound....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Medusa rears her head from between the trees below...
    Medusa rears her head from between the trees below...

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Nov 3, 2015
    This crag is indeed signed for raptor closures now, from Feb. 1-Aug. 1.

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