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Devil's Gulch and Dry Gulch Roads  

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Devil's Gulch Road goes NE of Estes Park and is the continuation of MacGregor Ave. It is the road off which the Gem Lake Trailhead, the new Lumpy Ridge access point, Alligator Rock, Crescent Arch, Sheep Mountain, Pulpit Rock, Rabbit Ears' Rock, Combat Rock, Cedar Park Slab (aka Seam Rock), and other miscellaneous crags can be accessed. The shortest line of access to some of these crags go through private lands, so check out your approach and ownership of the land if you explore beyond the established crags.

Dry Gulch Road is the road going N-S from which Eagle Rock, Crossier Dome were once formerly accessed. It also passes the eastern flank of Mt. Olympus. There are scattered rock formation visible form various roads that lies just E of the road. Access and ownership are not clear and should be thoroughly investigated prior to exploration.

The crags here are largely granitic in origin although there are some other interesting rock types mixed in here. There are other crags here that have not been entered within MP.com's and possibly the rock climbers' database.

Getting There 

Devil's Gulch & Dry Gulch Roads are located N and E of Estes Park. Devil's Gulch Rd, an NE-SW road, is the continuation of MacGregor Ave as it passes the old Twin Owls parking lot access through MacGregor Ranch and continues past the Gem Lake Trailhead access. It continues down towards Glen Haven and eventually Drake. Dry Gulch Rd, a N-S road, lies to the East of Estes Park and is accessed off US 34 on the N side of Lake Estes. It passes the east flank of Mt. Olympus and the obvious, now closed, Eagle Rock and Eagle Rock School Road. Its northern terminus lies just E of Devil's Gulch Rd.

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Devil's Gulch and Dry Gulch Roads:
Gimmerton Corner   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Cow Creek Canyon / McGraw R... : Sheep Mountain Rock
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Wight Wing Wadicals 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Pulpit Rock
This is a good line with two options ~1/3 the way up that dramatically affect the difficulty level.Start up and around to the left of Shroom Groove, Tiptoe Through The Tulips, etc. by maybe 100 feet. Start in an obvious crack (the same as Anatomically Incorrect) that goes up to a tree ~20 feet up. Continue up to a slanting ledge. Here, you have a choice. 1) Move left of the offwidth bulge onto nice knobs and edges (the same as Anatomically Incorrect...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By kevinnlong
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 5, 2008

We were told by a resident of the Eagle Rock School Road that all access from that road to Eagle rock and Crossier Dome has been revoked due to liability issues. If climbers want access, they need to speak with the McGregor Ranch People who own the land on which the domes sit. Unfortunately, this may not allow access from the road....
By Christy-Dale
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 16, 2012
Dry Gulch Road is closed today for unknown reasons. The detour suggested by RMNP staff - turn around, take US 34 E as if headed to Loveland. At Dry Gulch Rd, turn N for about 3 miles, then L back onto Devil's Gulch. It means you'll approach parking from the N instead of the S.
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