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Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon

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Piz Badille 
Piz Cengalo 

Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 40.13993, -105.48447 View Map  Incorrect?
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Nice stem action on this route.

Description 

This is a section on the rock of along the Middle Fork of the St. Vrain River. It is ~8000' in altitude. The rock is granitic. This generally receives little climber attention. The Middle fork is typically fairly easy to cross via wading; however, a heavy spring runoff may make it more challenging and require extra shenanigans like balancing over a log.

Middle Fork of St. Vrain

Mile ~14 south on CO 72: Piz Cengalo
Mile 14.4, south on CO 72 -> "a few miles" East: Piz Badille

Getting There 

To get there from Lyons, take CO 7 up the St. Vrain Canyon to the intersection with CO 72. Take a left (south) and after a few miles, the Piz will dominate the left side of the highway across the St. Vrain River.

Climbing Season

For the St. Vrain Canyons area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon:
Right Side   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Piz Badille : West-Northwest Face
The Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Piz Badille : West-Northwest Face
Red Hanger Dihedral, NW Face   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Piz Badille : South-southwest Face (aka S...
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Featured Route For Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Hanger Dihedral route.

Red Hanger Dihedral, NW Face 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Lyons : ... : South-southwest Face (aka S...
This 35m bolted dihedral is hard to miss when viewing the wall from any distance. It seems to be one of the easier routes on the wall, as it is generally vertical or less-than-vertical . Good stemming technique will certainly help navigate the sections of dihedral between rest ledges.An awkward bulge guards the first two (red) hangers, then another bulge yields to more straightforward stemming work. Work up past bolts on each face, and surmount an almost-roof to reach the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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