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Clay Creek Crag

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Clay Creek Crag 


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Location: 38.16663, -108.23833 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Matthew Ver Eecke on May 30, 2007
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Description 

Clay Creek Crag is a great year round climbing area with 50+ routes, from easy to hard. The best routes are the harder ones, but beginners will have fun here, also. It is beautiful sandstone climbing, mostly sport. 8 quickdraws are recommended, with some trad: 2 sets of nuts and cams recommended.


Getting There 

Go West on CO 145 towards Norwood. Take a right at the bottom of Norwood Hill, just before the bridge on Forest Service Road 510 (530?). A few miles up, park in the large turnout on the left side of road. The trail to crag is across the road. It is a 15 minute approach.


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16 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',3],['5.10',8],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clay Creek Crag:
Big Boy    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Lucky Charms   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Dr. Evil   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Clay Creek Crag
John on Innocent Bystander.

Innocent Bystander 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : Clay Creek Crag
Start with a hard, undercut, deadpoint move. Clipping the first bolt is easier when it is knee level. The rest of the route is great fun with spicy bolt spacing up to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Sam A.
Jul 30, 2013

Tried to go to Clay Creek Crag this morning (7/30/2013). Had to turn around on FS 510 due to the road being washed out with deep mud across the road. Our vehicle was not equipped to attempt to cross it.

By Mary Ellen Man
From: Midvale, UT
Jun 11, 2014

The old guidebook said to take FS 510, but the directions given on this website directs you to FS 530, which is the correct way to the crag. If you are watching your odometer, the pullout is closer to 4 miles from the pavement.