St. Vrain Canyons Rock Climbing
Bob Horan on Escape from Alcatraz.
This is a set of 3 canyons that are the drainages of the South, Middle, and North forks of the St. Vrain River. The greatest bulk of the climbing to date is in the South Fork. The rock is granitic and at times on the coarser side. There are a variety of routes here, some traditional, some sport, even some ice/mixed
. Most of the routes are shorter here, maybe up to 5 pitches in length. There is still a decent amount of rock to explore here. While there is some friable rock in places, the bulk is good quality. Poison ivy does tend to flourish in spots here, so the sensitive should be aware.
Most will drive up US 36 or CO 66 west to Lyons. From there, the forks diverge. The South and Middle Forks are accessed off of CO 7. The North Fork is accessed off of US 36.
Weather station 10.6 miles from here
474 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',110],['2 Stars',216],['1 Star',122],['Bomb',5]
Classic Climbing Routes in St. Vrain Canyons
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for St. Vrain Canyons:
Featured Route For St. Vrain Canyons
Neurosurgeon 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
: ... : River Wall II
Neurosurgeon climbs the stellar fingercrack on the far right side of the 'central' River Wall (after the bouldering approach in from right), just right of the steep 'slab' Le Diamant E'ternal. The only reason this climb doesn't receive three stars in my book is the scary finishing options. One must either climb difficult to protect direct 5.11 PG/R finish or move right around the arete as the crack fades in and out and finish on loose scary 5.9 R climbing. The lower portion of the c...[more] Browse More Classics in CO