St. Vrain Canyons Rock Climbing
Matt about to start the "upper crux".
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
475 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',110],['2 Stars',216],['1 Star',123],['Bomb',5]
Classic Climbing Routes in St. Vrain Canyons
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Featured Route For St. Vrain Canyons
Crooked Cross 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Colorado
: ... : The Sentinel
Grab a 50 meter rope and head up to the beautiful crack called Crooked Cross. Hike up to the right of the rock, then scramble left to its base. Pitch one is about 120 feet and will get you to the base of the crack itself. Pitch one begins, as you look up, about 30 feet to the right of the crack, at the low point of the wall. It's a very moderate pitch, perhaps 5.5 or 5.6, and begins in a 20 foot long right facing, bushy dihedral. Work up to what appears to be rap slings, and bang a hard lef...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado