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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries:
The Golden Monkey 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 300' The Crags : Upper Great Face
Critical Morass 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100' Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Big Ass Slab?
The Bends (a.k.a. Decompression Sickness) 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 110' The Crags : Crosswinds
Featured Route For CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries
Magic Carpet Ride 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Wizard's Gate
This is a stunning line. To reach the Magic Carpet Ride, float a little ways up a 5.7 slab and clip the first bolt. Turn a corner and continue on steepening ground (5.11) until you reach vertical and your final, somewhat restful position. From here, a very cryptic and powerful move sequence begins and does not let up (not even really to clip) until you exit the incredible Magic Carpet panel. Some exotic and uncharacteristic granite grips bless this powerful climb. Finish on the same chain anchor...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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