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The Talon

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Let The Peacock Fly S 
Little Stephen S 
Where Eagles Dare S 

The Talon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 39.73927, -105.34389 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Mar 28, 2016
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High on the south side of Clear Creek Canyon juts an arching finger of bullet metamorphic stone. The partially detached mini-tower teeters to the north and west, providing two overhanging faces and three memorable climbs. The northwest prow hosts one of the better hard routes in the canyon (and perhaps the best arête climb), but all the routes here are worth doing owing to spectacular position and excellent, featured stone.

Routes L --> R:

1. Little Stephen, 11, 40’ 1p, 5B to 2BA.
2. Where Eagles Dare, 13, 35’, 1p, 4B to 2BA.
3. Let The Peacock Fly, 13-, 30’, 1p, 4B to 2BA.

Getting There 

Begin by crossing the river. The easiest place to cross is about 50 feet downstream of the east end of the New Economy Cliff, where the river is relatively broad and shallow. This crossing is only safe in low water. See here for current Clear Creek flow rates.
Rock Climbing Photo: Clear Creek flow rate data. Note the orange curve,...
Clear Creek flow rate data. Note the orange curve, which is the 40-year average (the blue curve is 2015, but that was an odd year due to a historically wet spring).

See athe pproach topo. Once across the river, head back downstream, through the woods, to the first large talus field (almost directly below the Talon). Ascend this field to near its top, then head east to the toe of the next downstream talus field. Ascend this field to its top, then pick up a faint trail near a huge pine tree. Follow this trail for about 50 feet until it emerges in a narrow gully. Head up this gully for about 200 feet, then again head east, back into the woods, switchbacking up a steep hillside to the bottom of the Talon. Traverse under the tower to the west side to reach a nice flat-ish belay ledge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Talon
Rock Climbing Photo: The original Little Stephen.

Little Stephen 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : Golden : ... : The Talon
The Talon’s intimidating north face succumbs to this relatively moderate line thanks to a series of perfectly spaced, hidden jugs. The airy position and huge holds make this a highly entertaining climb, despite its short length, and the perfect warm-up for the crag’s other lines. Begin with fingery, vertical, face climbing along intricate dinner plates. The crux comes in this section, with some 1-pad crimps and a long reach from an undercling to reach the juggy upper half. After a good sh...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of The Talon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Talon topo from the south.
Talon topo from the south.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach topo for The Talon.
Approach topo for The Talon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up Where Eagles Dare, 13b, on the northwest...
Midway up Where Eagles Dare, 13b, on the northwest...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Talon from US Highway 6.
The Talon from US Highway 6.

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