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The Cactus Garden Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,623'
Location: 40.6873, -105.39039 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ken Duncan on Nov 15, 2015
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BETA PHOTO: The Cactus Garden: 1) Palo Verde, 5.10d/11a, *. 2...


This is the large, south-facing wall at the head of the valley north of the Stove Prairie/CO Highway 14 intersection (on the south face of Red Mountain). The wall is fairly sheltered and is warm on chilly days. Be sure to bring cactus-proof approach shoes.

Getting There 

We initially hiked directly up the valley to the wall, but the cactus are the thickest I've seen in Colorado (our dogs did not have a good time). The talus slope at the end is also extremely unstable. A better approach is as follows:

Park at the Stove Prairie/CO Highway 14 intersection, cross the highway, and head downstream along the Poudre for about 100 yards to the first shallow crossing area. Cross the river, and head uphill to the ridgeline, then follow the ridge almost to its top. Cut left under the last big pine tree, and follow cairns that diagonal up and left, passing close to several other trees to reach the cliff. Once at the cliff, scramble up a ramp which connects to the ledge crossing the face.

The approach takes about 45 minutes from the river.

Climbing Season

For the Poudre Canyon area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Cactus Garden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cactus Garden:
Ocatillo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Palo Verde.

Palo Verde 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : The Cactus Garden
Climb the green slab starting with thin face followed by jugs.P1. 5.11a. Angle up and right through somewhat friable rock to an overlap then straight up on juggy holds to the anchors shared with Ocatillo....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Jeff Flanegan
From: Lander, WY
May 7, 2017
We found an even better shallow river crossing 100 yards UPstream. There's a trail right of the road and cross at the small sand bank diaginally downstream, it's deep if you go straight across. Kind of a brutal hike, but this is a great wall with thin and thoughtful moderate climbing.

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