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Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Navajo Band - East)

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Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Navajo Band - East) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 39.713, -106.6973 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Wolcott Navajo Bands - (East and West) are the lower, red Navajo bands that are split by Milk Creek. Milk Creek is the (sometimes) dry desert wash that drains into the Eagle River from the north, located west (downstream) of the main Wolcott Boulders area on US Highway 6. The climbing on these Navajo bands is better than it looks and is reminiscent of the famous crack climbs of the Utah desert. Although short (50'-90'), the climbs are mostly beautiful dihedrals with fingers-hand sized cracks that require real desert techniques. It is a fun, challenging area! I established 3 new climbs here years ago and would like to record the information here....

Getting There 

The best approach is to park for the main Wolcott bouldering area off of US Hwy 6. Walk through the campground upstream, and take the trestle crossing approach as for the upper Dakota bands of rock. Walk further down the tracks to the Milk Creek drainage. There is an established trail to the East side of Milk Creek that brings you right under the Wolcott Navajo Band - East. Expect a 20 minute hike.

Climbing Season

For the Wolcott Crags and Boulders area.

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Navajo Band - East)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Navajo Band - East):
Walkin' On Air   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Walkin' On Air 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Nav...
Walkin' On Air has 2 cruxes of 5.10+. Toward the left side of the crag there is an old bolted face climb. Then, next climb to the right is a right-facing corner with thin jams that I always thought was about 5.10a/b. The next climb to the right is Walking On Air. It's kinda a "K" shaped feature with an arching crack to start. Pull through a blocky roof to a pinky-lock (10+) and up to a rest halfway up. Lie-back the upper balancy corner and Walk on Air!!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Ryan Marsters
Aug 30, 2016
This is a nice, little, desert crack crag a couple hours closer than the alternatives and great for splitting up a drive.

The 10a left/next to Walkin' on Air is quite good, thin hands. Closer to the tracks and in between the Roof and Walkin' are a thin hands/lieback, 8+, and a 7 dihedral which shares a start with a great 5.9. The 9 is quite varied with OW, hands to fists, lieback, and a couple roofs. Several other routes are around but appear less traveled and beyond my pay-grade.

The webbing at the bolted anchors atop all is pretty ratty, so I'd recommend bringing extra for replacement.

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