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The Lost World

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The Lost World Rock Climbing 

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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: Charles Vernon on the crux headwall during the fir...

Southwest Prow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Lost World
This is a fun route up the SW arete of the Colossus. In contrast to Colossus Crack, it doesn't look like much from the ground, but has some fun crack and arete moves. Approach as for Colossus Crack, and hike to the left-hand side of the of the cliff (around the corner left from the steep, green wall with Colossus Crack). "SW Prow" starts up a slab and picks up a 5.8 seam just right of the prow (00 tcu placment). Continue to a ramp below a steep arete, and climb a splitter finger crack (crux) a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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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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