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Seven Castles Rock Climbing 


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Seven Castles area Basalt, CO GPS 39°23'12" ...

Description 

This is a good, local crag for a quick winter pump. The crag faces due southwest, high on a hillside and bakes all afternoon. The best time to climb there is winter.

Getting There 

Drive 4 miles up Frying Pan Road from Basalt and Park in the large lot on your right just after crossing the Taylor Creek bridge. Walk back across the bridge and up the road that goes towards the cliffs. After several minutes, the road will veer left at a grassy area. Cross the creek and pick up a trail on the opposite side that parallels the road, heading up the valley. Follow this for a ways until you come to a game/ hiking trail on the left. If you come to a power line tower in field you have walked too far. Make a left, angling back north under the nose of the center castle. The crag sits around on the southwest side. Please respect home owners on the approach.

From B. James: "Just to clarify on the description after getting lost on the approach the other day. This crag is on the "center castle" or the the 3rd formation from the left when looking up valley. When following the trail that parallels the road for "a ways" the actual distance is about 1mi from the parking lot so plan accordingly. The crag is directly above a small pond visible from frying pan rd. The approach up from the walking trail is heinous hand over hand small scree slogging, without much of a flat spot to set up a belay."

Climbing Season

For the Carbondale Area area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the Seven Castes Area from the appro...
Looking up at the Seven Castes Area from the appro...

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By Giulio Del Piccolo
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 25, 2009
Is there anything in the 5.6-5.9 range in the Seven Castles?
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Jun 25, 2009
Only one 5.9 here, everything else is harder.
By B.James
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 12, 2013
Just to clarify on the description after getting lost on the approach the other day: this crag is on the "center castle" or the the 3rd formation from the left when looking up valley. When following the trail that parallels the road for "a ways", the actual distance is about 1 mi from the parking lot, so plan accordingly. The crag is directly above a small pond visible from Frying Pan Rd. The approach up from the walking trail is heinous, hand over hand, small scree slogging without much of a flat spot to set up a belay.
By C Ross
Jan 19, 2017
Has anyone parked on Taylor Creek Road and hiked in from there? Just before you get to the power lines, you are on National Forest land. I was looking at hiking in as per the description here last fall, but once you get to the first split in the road, there is a open gate with several signs saying private property and private drive. Out of respect, I did not go any further. After looking at the GIS map for Eagle County, I saw that by parking on Taylor Creek Road you could be on National Forest land the entire time, and there is the powerline road (just a trail it looks like on Google Earth) to follow almost the entire way. Here is a link to the GIS map that shows what is private property and what is public lands, gismap.eaglecounty.us/GIS_View...
Rock Climbing Photo: Possible route to access Seven Castles and not cro...
Possible route to access Seven Castles and not cross private property.

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