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Wolcott Navajo Band - (West) Rock Climbing 

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The Wolcott Navajo Bands (East and West)- are the lower, red Navajo bands that are split by Milk Creek. Milk Creek is the (sometimes) dry desert wash that drains into the Eagle River from the north, located west (downstream) of the main Wolcott Bouldering area on US Highway 6. Wolcott Navajo Band (West) is the larger cliff band on the west side of Milk Creek. I established 2 routes on this large band of Navajo sandstone in the mid-nineties. Southern exposure offers possible year-round climbing opportunies....

Getting There 

The approach from I-70 (Eagle River bridge) may be illegal, because the shortest line up to these routes from I-70 crosses the Piney Valley Ranch (Horn Ranch) property. The Horn Ranch was recently placed under conservation easement; however, no specific climbing access through the ranch was provided. Also, it would be an understatement to say that the local sheriff's office and CDOT frown on parking on the shoulder of I-70 in this location, so it's best to avoid it.

The best approach is to park for the main bouldering area off of US Hwy 6, walk upstream through the campground, and take the trestle crossing approach as for the upper (Dakota) bands of rock. There is an established trail to the East side of Milk Creek and none to the west side, so you have to wander up the drainage a few hundred yards to get past the private ranch before turning left up to the Wolcott Navajo Bands - West (which are all on public lands). Expect a 20 to 30 minute hike. You are still crossing Union Pacific land, but they abandoned the train tracks a long time ago and it has never been an issue.

Climbing Season

For the Wolcott Crags and Boulders area.

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me leading The Inchworm.

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By Brandon Chalk
Apr 7, 2015
Does anyone have any idea on the crack shown below, which is located on the east-facing side of the Wolcott Navajo Band (West) directly across the gully from Milk Creek, aka Wolcott Navajo Band (East). I led this (albeit a difficult lead for sure) and found webbing, biner, rap ring around a tree at the top. It sure looked a lot easier than it was. Just wondering if anyone knew anything about this route.
Rock Climbing Photo: East-facing crack on Wolcott Navajo Band (West).
East-facing crack on Wolcott Navajo Band (West).

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