Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New - School of Rock
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries

Select Area...
Cays, The 
Crags, The 
Deville Rocks 
Ironclads, The 
Jurassic Park - Lily Lake 
Lily Mountain 
Pierson Mountain 
Prospect Mountain 
Zappa's Tooth 

CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries 


Photos: Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 40.29, -105.5457 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 598,659
Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 2, 2006
Forecast:
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue
Chance of a Thunderstorm
61° | 45°
Clear
66° | 47°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
67° | 49°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
66° | 48°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
65° | 47°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
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.


273 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',128],['1 Star',70],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',28],['5.7',27],['5.8',49],['5.9',36],['5.10',60],['5.11',35],['5.12',16],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

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
The Big Steep   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Crags : Upper Great Face
Merlin's Magic Corner   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
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
Critical Morass   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
Alloy Madness   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ironclads : Ironsides
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
Take Me to Your Leader   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Crags : Wizard's Gate
Andrology   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin
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
Browse More Classics in CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries

Featured Route For CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries
Rouge Element goes up the center of the slab to the roof crux.

Rouge Element 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Half & Half Crag
'Crags' slab climbing at its best. Sack-up for this one. "It ain't no sport climb - it's a bolted rock climb!" Stellar slab climbing, edges, and pasting.Start on a network of web-like seams in the middle of the wall, followed by a crux roof sequence. Scramble over the top and down onto a platform on the SW corner of the Shark Fin.Extra credit: while there climb the short, 5-bolt, but sweet Yellow Butterfly (5.9+) on Shark Fin. Walk off, down around to the left (north) to return to the base i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Local Information for CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries
Local Shops
A true mountain shop, located in the shadow of Boulder's Flatirons.
Gear that has the best chance of improving your outdoor experience.
Closeouts and cosmetic 2nds at below wholesale prices.
News
Jul 9 Access Fund is hiring in Boulder 0
Jun 11 New Women's Speed Record on the Nose   5
Jun 7 A Tribute to Jeff Lowe   4
May 15 MP Mobile App: Partnered with Black Diamond and now Free   4
May 12 New Feature: Improve This Page   3
May 1 New Yosemite Bigwall Printed Guide Book Now Available 0

[ Read All News ]
Upcoming Events
no events scheduled
Comments on CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -