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This tiny crag is located on Castle Mountain directly above the townhomes across the road from Nicky's. It hardly seems worth a look given all the other nearby rock, but since I live just a half mile away, I discovered it while looking for a place to set up a toprope anchor and do some rope-soloing. The rock is quality, a bit like the Pear, and it contains at least one worthy route. The longest climb is approximately 170 feet, even though it looks shorter. Descend to the west.
On Fall River Road, about a mile and a half west of the main intersection of US 34 and US 36, look for Niki's Restaurant on the left. Soon after will be some wood-sided townhomes on the right. Park in the large pullout just beyond these and hike up and right to the base of the rock.
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Climbing From The Law 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Castle Slab
This is a surprisingly good climb on an obscure crag that's not far from the road. It got its name from the fact that after I finished leading the climb and I was belaying Norm from the top, a Sheriff hiked all the way up the hill and said something about our vehicle being parked in a strange place and wanted to make sure everything was okay. It was a friendly exchange, though we had to yell back and forth to hear each other, and after he headed back down the hill, we were left scratching our he...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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