This is just the other side of the mountain from Deer Ridge Buttress, but it is entirely different. In reality, this is a lot of rock; however, the general low angle and scruffiness will make most folks pass on this. Still, if you like solitude, the ability to micro-explore, easier grades, and sunnier aspects, there just could be something for you here.
The quickest way is likely to drive into the Beaver Meadows entrance, go straight past the turnoff for Bear Lake Rd., continue up Trail Ridge until you are directly below the buttresses. Follow game trails up. It's probably 800-1000' of elevation gain, but it is fairly direct.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Deer Mountain South Side:
Common Potoo 5.5 Trad, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Lonesome George 5.7 Trad, 1 pitch, 130 feet
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Common Potoo 5.5 CO : Estes Park Valley : Deer Mountain South Side
This is a short, fun, juggy, visually unimpressive line. It is something you can add on if you do the SSE on the buttress just to the west as you descend back to your gear. 1.6 stars.Below the gully that splits this crag, there is a slightly bigger boulder. Climb on jugs that just keep coming. The gear takes a bit of time to find. You, however, will have great stances for every placement. Aim for just right of a tiny roof ~100' up. You can belay where the angle eases off ~120' up or on th...[more] Browse More Classics in CO