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Wolcott Crags and Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Wolcott Crags are an excellent leg-stretching stopping point on any I-70 trip since access is very short and the climbing is varied and interesting. The crags are located above I-70 near the town of Wolcott. These short cliffs are Dakota Sandstone and very good for top ropes and easy trad climbing. There are several bolted sport routes although some of questionable safety due to potential rockfall. The First Tier is five minutes from the road and the Second Tier offers some decent trad and bolted routes for a 20 minute hike. There are some good boulders and camping as well. The south facing crags are often open for climbing all winter long.

Getting There 

From I-70 east or west, take the Wolcott/CO Highway 131 exit and head west on US Highway 6. Approximately 1/2 mile past the Wolcott Yacht Club (great eats and drinks) a small pull-out provides parking for the First Tier. There is a house with large windows on top of this crag. Cross the Eagle River on an old railroad bridge and follow the trails to one of two crags.

For the Second Tier and the boulders, continue on US Highway 6 for a mile or so until you reach a fee camping area. The boulders are right at the parking lot. The Second Tier is above to the west. Find your way across another old railway bridge east of the campsites and follow the tracks west to a trail that heads up the hill to the base of the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

69 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wolcott Crags and Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wolcott Crags and Boulders:
V0   V0 4     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
V1 AKA Black Crack   V1 5     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
In the Sun   V2 5+     Boulder   Waterside Boulder
Penalty Game   V4- 6B     Boulder, 16'   Cave Boulder
Golden Years   V5 6C     Boulder   Waterside Boulder
V5-6   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Big Ass Boulder
CC   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Juniper Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Chupacabra   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Binky of the Mountains   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Guru Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Simpatico   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Black Streak   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Border Patrol   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Top Rope 5.10   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Eagle Wall
Golden Rule   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Walkin' On Air   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Milk Creek (aka Wolcott Nav...
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By logan johnson
From: West Copper, Co
Nov 8, 2007
Just an access FYI. The Wolcott crags are on private land. Until now, the homeowner was fine with climbers....But he is selling his house!!!
The new owners may not be as cool, so keep a low profile.
By Bec
From: Vail, CO
Feb 1, 2009
Yeah and be careful - don't go when the Canadian geese are migrating 'cause they leave a lot of crap - literally.
By AllanonJIK
From: Edwards Co
Sep 10, 2011
Area closed.
By logan johnson
From: West Copper, Co
Dec 21, 2011
ACCESS UPDATE - The entire Trestle and CMC areas are now off-limits. The house finally sold and the new owners are more than happy to call the cops on climbers and fishermen (even for trespassing on land that is not theirs!).
By Mikie Eaton
From: Grand Junction, CO
May 15, 2012
How much is available to climb now that the Trestle and CMC areas are off limits?
By Chase Devitt
Jun 19, 2012
Has anyone tried to contact the new owners and find out why they're being jerks?? Maybe some of the climbing community leaders (Bag and Pack guys/Apex guys) could try to foster a relationship and salvage the area?
By Mahjoe Mahan
Oct 3, 2012
It seems some of the locals in this community where I live seem to enjoy the ambiguity of Wolcott. The ONLY off limit areas are the Trestle and CMC area. Elsewhere, such as the Upper Tier, the Eagle Wall, and Milk Creek are all still good to go and are super fun. I may get some flack for this, but while I respect those that have put up these routes, I also respect that fact that everyone has a right to enjoy them.

I will start to publish what I know about this area, and while some may not like it, I simply say, shut up and climb.
By Penny L
From: Farmington, UT
Aug 8, 2016
The walk along the railroad was quicker than we expected, so we missed the trail to the right on the first passing. Oops!

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Rock Climbing Photo: Landmark arrow made of steel
Landmark arrow made of steel

Rock Climbing Photo: Trail, over rock and barbed wire, past the boulder...
Trail, over rock and barbed wire, past the boulder with a cairn.

Rock Climbing Photo: View from the Second Tier. Parking lot to trail.
View from the Second Tier. Parking lot to trail.

Great place to climb. Open to the public. Shade after 4pm at end of July.
By Becky Schwemmer
Jun 30, 2017
Has anyone camped here recently? How close to parking is the spot?
By Hans Weber
From: Hudson, NH
Sep 5, 2017
Went to climb here on 9/3/17 only to discover that many of the routes in the Upper Tier (Bocco Area) had all bolts and anchors removed, including Osso Bucco, El Gecko, Guido's Face, and Sky Person, also the first few bolts of Early Start. It was a bummer to say the least. Clearly someone is not ok with people climbing here, so beware!

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