Pierson Point Rock Climbing
The left and right buttresses in the late afternoo...
This modest, granitic crag seemed to be one of the more prominent chunks of rock in the area with lines up to 3 pitches in length. It's probably 420 feet tall or so. Most of it seems to support routes in the lower end of difficulty. It faces west although the far right end curves around to have a southern aspect. The summit can be reached by hiking. Evidence on the rock suggests routes have been done over the years. Nonetheless, there is a healthy quantity of loose rock on ledges.
There is a gully down between the two buttresses which requires 2 short stretches of downclimbing and a rappel...and is NOT recommended. It is low 3rd class to descend to the right of the right buttress.
Thanks to Allen Light for finding this crag to explore.
Start of a L->R:
A. Face aka Spicy Chicken Fajitas
, 7 PG-13, 3p, 450', gear.
B. South Ridge
, 8, 3p, 420', gear.
C. Corner/Dihedral, 3p, gear.
This rock is clearly visible from FS 119 (either off Little Valley Rd from Fish Creek from Estes Park or off 82 Rd from Meeker Park). Don't go off on FS 119D. Unfortunately, the mileage on an ATV doesn't seem to correlate with mileage on the map.
From FS 119, it is a trailless hike ~25-30' uphill.
The above GPS coordinates are a guess based upon maps, satellites, and shadows.
You can use the Trails Illustrated/National Geographic map #101 Cache La Poudre/Big Thompson to help locate this area.
Climbing Season For the CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries area.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Pierson Point
South Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Colorado
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : Pierson Point
This is a route of modest length with an alpinish feel along the right side of the right buttress. Certainly, it attracts the eye for the uninitiated. It has a slightly more challenging variation on pitch 1. There are certainly nice stretches of rock separated by looser, ledgier stretches. Allen suggested calling it "Hawk's Head Ridge" if no name can be found for it.P1. Find a highly featured slab with slightly runout but delightfully easy terrain. About 80' up, move left into ...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado