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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 40.379, -105.5892 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 24, 2012
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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.

Though rather diminutive in height, there are still a dozen or more chunks of rock here, some of it is up to 2 pitches in height. Folks have been climbing here off and on (probably more off) from at least the 1970s. There is mention in a Fricke 1971 guidebook about this rock, "the low cliffs on its south side [S side of Deer Mtn] apparently offer only indifferent climbing." Also, Gillett mentions it both in the back of his 1st edition guidebook for RMNP and on p. 274 of his fine RMNP, Estes Park Valley guidebook. Until there are more routes submitted, we'll leave these under this one area.

From a brief explore, the best rock may be on the far right two crags. I have photos of the other bits of rock up here, but they weren't too photogenic. If you want to see them / are crazy enough to go up there, let me know, and I can email them to you.

The summit of Deer Mt. is about 10,000'.

This may be subject to closures for raptors.


B. Crack, 9.
C. SSE Ridge, 2, 2p, 420', gear.

D. Common Potoo, 5, 1p, 150', gear.
E. Lonesome George, 7, 1p, 130', gear.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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Lonesome George 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Estes Park Valley : Deer Mountain South Side
This is a little line that makes you wonder if it'll be hard to protect and slopey. Nyet to both. It's fun and juggy, but too bad it didn't continue for another 500 feet or more.The name is in honor of the last of his species. Salud!Nearly straight across from the SSE Ridge start on the 2nd buttress, this line ascends lighter colored rock that seems a bit more granitic than most of the gneiss nearby. You can weave your way probably just about anywhere you like as you hunt for po...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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A dihedral on the west face, to the left of SSE Ri...
A dihedral on the west face, to the left of SSE Ri...
Wow, the hummingbirds sit still around here.
Wow, the hummingbirds sit still around here.

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