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Edge of Time, The Fin, Jurassic Park.

Description 

This stretch of crags includes a vast array of smaller crags with granitic, gneiss, and schist rock with routes up to perhaps 600 feet in length. For those seeking a quieter, more peaceful experience, there is much to enjoy here. We do share a minority of this terrain with a different crowd who enjoys motorized travel & teenage frivolity in the National Forests. Stretches of Twin Sisters are utilized in the fall by hunters. Some areas are better accessed with high-clearance 4WD transportation.

For the most part, these crags are traditionally protected, although a few crags along here have been tamed with fixed protection. Much of the cragging here lies at altitudes between 8-11,000 feet. Some stretches lies on private land (e.g. Fish Creek Pinnacles), so be careful to check on some of these lesser-known areas if you go exploring. There are few roadside crags along here, many rocks require an approach of up to 90 minutes.

Some of the more popular (still backwater) areas along here include: The Crags (Twin Sisters), Jurassic Park (Lily Lake), Ironclads (Allenspark), Lily Mountain, the Thumb & Needle (Prospect Mt), Deville Rocks (accessed with permission of Cheley Camps) but there is much more. So, come and explore.

Getting There 

CO Hwy 7 (which is part of the Peak to Peak Highway) extends from Estes Park, south through Allenspark, and veers east through South St. Vrain Canyon to Lyons. The section here describes crags between Estes Park and the top of South St. Vrain Canyon.

From Estes Park, head south on CO Hwy 7 off US 36.

From Denver, head north on I-25, go NW on US 36 through the town of Boulder to Lyons. At the T junction you have two choices. To access the southern crags, you can go left (south), up CO Hwy 7, winding up South St. Vrain Canyon. At the top of the canyon, you go straight which continues north toward Estes Park. To access the northern crags, you can go north at the T junction on US 36 to Estes Park. Then head south on CO Hwy 7 shortly after passing Lake Estes.

To access this from the central or western side of the state, you can drive up the Peak to Peak Highway off I-70, through Central City, Rollinsville, Nederland, etc., but this is a winding drive.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.3 miles from here

273 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries:
Coloradoddity   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Middle Toe   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
Edge of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Left Center   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   The Crags : Lower Great Face
Merlin's Magic Corner   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
The Big Steep   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Crags : Upper Great Face
The Golden Monkey   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 300'   The Crags : Upper Great Face
Copradelite   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
Alloy Madness   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ironclads : Ironsides
Critical Morass   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Wizard's Path   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Dynamometer   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Andrology   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
Take Me to Your Leader   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
The Gatekeeper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Afterlife    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
The Bends (a.k.a. Decompression Sickness)   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Crags : Crosswinds
Magic Dagger   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Cloak and Dagger   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Magic Carpet Ride    5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
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'I wanna top rope that, take me to your leader!'

Take Me to Your Leader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Wizard's Gate
You might want to empty your bladder before a lead on this stunning climb.Move up a right-leaning ramp before reaching out left to the first holds and clip. Climb up a mostly featured slab and through increasingly technical ground to an overlap. Clip up and fire an awesome series of moves through a small arching corner. From a horizontal crack, clip up and take a few deep breaths before entering the technical (and mental) crux slab. This panel of rock is amazing and will surely leave a lasting i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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