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Fall River Road (US 34 West)  


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Description 

This is a section of the Estes Park Valley which lies along US 34, a.k.a. Fall River Rd aka Wonderview. Along this road, west of Estes Park lies an abundance of small crags and the occasional larger crag. Some, if not most, lie on National Park land. Numerous of these are located on private property or accessed through private property. So, check first and/or keep a low profile unless you are clearly on public lands.

Most of the rock along this stretch is granitic on various domes and outcrops up to 900 feet long. The majority of the routes are consequently slabby in nature; however, you can find vertical to overhanging stretches in spots.

Much of this is less-traveled and nestled in the forests, so you can find peace and solitude if you like to explore.

Some of the crags along this stretch include the better known, but still backwater crags, like North Face of Deer Mountain and McGregor Slab. Some of the more obscure here include Window Rock, Castle Rock, Old Man Mt., Owlette, SPlatte Rock, Thumb Rock, rocks along the hillside east of Thumb Rock, and many, many more. While there is certainly room for FAs, many of these rocks have been scaled and little trace has been left here. So, if you come here, enjoy but consider the "leave no trace" ethic here. Note, some of this is mountain lion country, so be careful if you bring your kids or pets.

Per Eli Helmuth: almost all of this rock is in RMNP.

Getting There 

Fall River Road is also known as US 34, Wonderview, and of course, Fall River Rd. This is located between Estes Park and the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many crags dotting the hillsides both North and South of the road. To get here from Denver, go North on I-25, go NW on US 36 through the towns of Boulder, Lyons, to Estes Park. From the junction of US 36 and US 34 (stoplight), go straight onto US 34, pass the Stanley Hotel and start to look for your crag of choice.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.6 miles from here

30 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fall River Road (US 34 West):
Left Standard   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   McGregor Slab
Right Standard   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   McGregor Slab
Overhang   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 660'   McGregor Slab
Indirect   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   McGregor Slab
Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   McGregor Slab
Nun Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Grade II   Deer Ridge Buttress
Camel Toe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 940'   McGregor Slab
Center Left Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Deer Ridge Buttress
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Nun Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Deer Ridge Buttress
The route, as good as almost any route of the grade that I've done at Lumpy, starts behind and obvious spire at the base of the cliff, toward the east side.P1 - traverse out right onto an obvious, clean prow reminsicent of Cob Rock. Find 5.8 hand cracks on immaculate granite that lead to a belay ledge.P2 - climb the left-facing corner to a belay (5.7).P3 - head up a 5.7 slab and belay on lower angle terrain.P4 - finish things off with moderate moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Eli Helmuth
From: Estes Park, CO
Mar 24, 2013
Since almost all of this rock is in RMNP, just beware that dogs are not allowed in the park which includes all of the crags listed plus the bouldering at Nicki's aka Elkland aka Monkey Hang.
Enjoy!