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Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon

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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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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Oct 13, 2012
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Nice stem action on this route.


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]

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: The beginning of P2, my fixed RP is on the right.

Forget the Bolts 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Lyons : ... : Piz Cengalo
From the pulloff, cross the wooden bridge and go up the talus slope to base of low angle, gray rock. Do an approach pitch to the center of formation below the overhang.P1. Climb up and around the overhang on left side to corner, continue up this to a second corner, then traverse 30' right, just past crack with guano. Set the belay at an inset.P2. Climb up right side of the inset (fixed RP) at its top, stem left and go up a series of small ledges. At second ledge, place gray Alien in a horizontal...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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