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The Lost World Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 11, 2006
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This sub-alpine area is listed here for organizational purposes. This is an area with various granite crags/domes uphill/upstream from the Rock of Ages area in the Big Thompson drainage a.k.a. Moraine Park a.k.a. Fern Canyon. Here, you can find crags such as Gnome Dome, The Colossus, Moot Point Apron, and Orange Arete. There are routes up to approximately 5 pitches here. There is room for new routing here.

Getting There 

The hike is approximately 2 miles from the Fern Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Note, this is a popular trailhead for hikers, fisherpeople, and backpackers in the summer. You hike past the ice climb, Jaws; Arch Rocks; Arch Rocks backcountry campground (1 mi). Gillett describes, on p. 214-216 of his excellent guidebook, leaving the trail shortly after passing Arch Rock, a "rock retaining wall with several logs," a "10-foot section of retaining wall" on the left, going 50 yards, and then leaving the trail. For those with more average route-finding skills like us, we went to just short of "The Pool" (1.7 miles) then broke off right, up a hillside, across a moist meadow, and up to the crag(s) of choice.

Climbing Season

For the Fern Canyon Rocks area.

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Lost World

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Lost World:
Colossus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Grade II   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Wandering Star is the climb on the left.

Wandering Star 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : The Lost World
Probably named for the route's nature and the Portishead song released the same year, this quality route ascends the left side of the west face of Gnome Dome. The rock quality is reminiscent of Lumpy Ridge and is in a beautiful, isolated setting. Begin at an obvious ripply seam 50 feet left of the large roof at the bottom center of the dome. Two fairly long pitches follow discontinuous seams up and a little to the left with sparse/questionable pro every 20'. Some of the moves are insecure an...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: From the Cub Lake to The Pool trail.
From the Cub Lake to The Pool trail.

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