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Mica Basin  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 10,428'
Location: 40.82396, -106.70974 View Map  Incorrect?
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In 1974, Tom P. and I set up a tyrolean across a r...

Description 

Mica Basin is the best jump off point for Agnes, The Sawtooth Range, and Mt. Zirkel. At 10,428', just getting to this beautiful setting can be an adventure early in the season.

Getting There 

From the Slavonia Trailhead parking area, take the Gilpin Lake Trail for 1.5 miles, then follow the Mica Basin trail north for another 2.7 miles. The elevation gain is 2,200'.

Climbing Season



Weather station 23.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Mica Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: I took this 1973 photo of the West Face  from Big ...

West Face Direct aka "Routt County Choss Rodeo" 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Steamboat Springs : ... : Mt. Zirkel
This route was put up a few summers ago and climbs a buttress above the Mt. Zirkel, Big Agnes saddle. It is the cleanest and longest buttress north of the saddle.P1. Climb the clean face, moving left over loose rock to a belay (5.6). One could climb up the clean face to avoid loose rock. Protection above looks grim, though the rock looks okay.P2. Class 4 to exposed ridge.P3-4. Move up easy exposed ridge to the base of a rightward traverse to and overhang.P5. (crux) Climb the traverse (5.9) to st...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Perry-Mansfield climbing students at Mica Basin, 1...
Perry-Mansfield climbing students at Mica Basin, 1...
Rock Climbing Photo: 1966 newspaper article describing meetings with Ra...
1966 newspaper article describing meetings with Ra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Mica Basin in May 1974. The Sawtooth R...
Approaching Mica Basin in May 1974. The Sawtooth R...

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