Palisade Mountain Rock Climbing
Saddle Tower and Fairview Wall.
Palisade Mountain is the same mountain that Nancy's Rock (a.k.a. Rio Bravo and Cyclop's Slab), Becker Wall, and Skull Rock are located on. This is a huge mountain with some established routes and possibilities for 100s of other routes. Many slabs and crack systems exist. With the exception of Nancy's Rock, everything requires steep approaches and navigating through difficult rock bands, pine needles, and vegetation. The rock here is however very solid and potential for multi-pitch routes exist. There are some brief descriptions in the Estes Park Valley Guide by Bernard Gillett, but locating these routes is difficult in reality and even more difficult to explain.
Palisade Mountain is located on US Highway 34 west of Loveland. From the Beige Siphon tube in the Narrows it is 6 miles, just a mile short of the town of Drake. The mountain is the obvious rocky crag hundreds of feet up the north side of the road. Park in the paved lot at Nancy's Rock and start on that trail. After 100 feet break off right and trail blaze up and right. I recently discovered some quartz cairns midway marking a pseudo trail.
Poison Ivy Alert
Eds. Note, there is much poison ivy for the sensitive.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
90 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Palisade Mountain
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Palisade Mountain:
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Pokey's Arete 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a CO
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : Horseshead
Get ready to channel your inner gumby and ride old Pokey! From the bolted belay above the first pitch of Neighsayer/Kentucky Derby/Breeder's Cup step left and approach Pokey's Arete.You can place a finger-size cam in a crack to the left before committing to the arete above. Climb up the arete using slung chickenheads, bolts, and a few cam placements.This can be rapped in two single rope raps with a 70m....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Cat in the Hat, El Tigre, 5.11c PG-13.
Approach map for Becker, Ivy League Rocks, and Nan...
By Tom Griffiths
Apr 20, 2008
In 1965, Kenyon King and I climbed a distinctive ridge or arete from the road to the summit of Pallisade. We stayed on or near the arete as much as possible to make it interesting. I do remember having to get off the ridge a little and go up a chimney of sorts. At the time we graded it II 5.6. You can probably make it as easy or hard as you want. The rock wasn't bad.
By denise 911
From: fort collins, co
Aug 15, 2008
Note 'vegetation' involves forests of poison ivy. Can't really speak for quality of rock towards the top, but we encountered a lot of loose rock and decomposing granite on the approach up from Idlewilde Dam (on Hwy 34).
By allen simons
Aug 19, 2008
Yes yes, there is poison ivy in the Big T. It is the Rocky Mountains. And, although there is loose rock, there is an abundance of solid rock.
From: Loveland, Co
Aug 29, 2008
Stay high (out of the valley) and it'll be alright. Denise is right with the poor quality of rock where we were. The actual location in reference to Palisade was the false summit face right of Palisade. We were there for a different type of climbing. From the dam, it's a long venture to get to the actual possibility of route climbing.
I agree Allen. There is an extreme amount of ivy in the Big T.
Climb fast, safe and Fun!