Quickie Cliff Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Quickie Cliff Right. Photo courtesy of Rich Perch...
This is the lower crag of this set. It sports some very low angle slab climbs and at least 8 short, slightly steeper sport climbs.
It winds up being pretty close to the road, but you don't hear much road noise. Also, this crag winds up being far enough away from the trail that you don't get some of those "how did you get the rope up there?" questions. These routes face east and southeast. They can drop into the shade in the afternoon. Some of the bases can be shaded by trees.
The slab routes can be set up with extra long slings and a few cams for young beginner leaders.
There are 2 approaches to these crags:
A. The most straightforward is to park at the Lily Mt. trailhead which lies on CO 7 just north of Lily Lake and south of Estes Park. The parking is roadside. The hike is largely flat for ~3/4 mile. Just after a S-shaped set of switchbacks, you will arrive at a Z-shaped set of switchbacks. Rather than taking these switchbacks up the hill to Crag of Fear, leave the main trail and follow a climber's trail 100 yards to the left side of Quickie Cliff.
B. The other approach involves following a distinct trail along a section that was cleared for fire mitigation. Park 1/4 mile after mile marker 5. There are 2 small pullouts. The first is on the east side of the road. The second (smaller) is on the west side. Hike up shortly west of the east parking pullout just past a yellow left curve sign. If you get to a rockcut, you've gone too far south. Hike up perhaps 300 vertical feet to the crags. You will see My Grain Headache
as you get closer.
This is the lowest (or third below approach A) crag, and it lies maybe 120 yards downhill from the trail.
Quickie Cliff Lower
A. Hand Solo, 0, 1p.
B. Fragile Flakes, 5, 1p, 45', TR.
CD. Four Play var., 4, 1p, 45', bolts & gear.
D. Casual Six
, 5-6, 1p, 45', bolts & gear.
E. Three Way, 3, 1p, 50', gear.
F. Pickup Line
, 7 or 8, 1p, 45', bolts or TR.
G. Ascent of a Woman
, 6-8, 1p, 45', bolts & gear.
gully Quickie Cliff Left
H. One Night Stand
, 10- or 10, 1p, 25', bolts.
I. Nooner or Later
, 7-8, 1p, 25', bolts. Quickie Cliff Center
J. Luck of the Draw
, 8-9, 1p, 25', bolts.
K. Streak of Bad Luck
, 8-9, 1p, 30', bolts. Quickie Cliff Right
L. Trophy Wife
, 11-, 1p, 40', bolts or TR.
M. Chokin' the Chickenhead
, 10, 1p, 40'.
N. Atrophied Husband
, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
O. Manly Bulge
, 6-7, 1p, 50', bolts.
Climbing Season For the Lily Mountain area.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Quickie Cliff
Chokin' the Chickenhead 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b CO
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : Quickie Cliff
This is a good line that stays fairly sustained and interesting for its upper two-thirds, but it suffers a bit from the crumbliness of the lower band of this cliff.Angle up and right to start, reach back left to clip, move up to clip the 2nd bolt, and move left on tenuous holds. Pull up and onto the upper face, keep in balance, and enjoy the engaging sequences almost all the way to the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
The crags viewed through the lowest crag.
The right side of the easterly aspect of this crag...
BETA PHOTO: Quickie Cliff Left. Photo courtesy of Rich Perch.
BETA PHOTO: Quickie Cliff Center. Photo courtesy of Rich Perc...
BETA PHOTO: The lower Quickie Cliff topo. Photo: courtesy of ...