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Fern Canyon Rocks

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Rock Of Ages 

Fern Canyon Rocks  


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Location: 40.352, -105.65683 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jan 1, 2001
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Description 

A secret paradise of the Park that is popular with hikers yet sees very little climbing activity. It has a few climbs on par with anything at Lumpy Ridge, and the views from the climbs are serene and beautiful. Days of Heaven (5.10+) is as good as any shorter route I've ever done. Descent: each of the routes will include descent beta.

Getting There 

Drive into the Park, get on Bear Lake Road, and turn off right after a mile or so onto Moraine Park Road. Follow signs to the Fern Lake trailhead at the end of the road. The Rock of Ages, identified as an exceptionally clean-looking, 250 foot cliff, laced with a cobweb of faint cracks, is accessed via a scramble up talus to the right from the Arch Rocks Campsite, about a mile down the trail. [Gnome] Dome, the Colossus, and the Moot Point Apron require 1/2 mile more of hiking to a bridge, where one can bushwack up the hill to the right to an assortment of cliffs--check the route descriptions for more details.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.7 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',8],['5.11',1],['5.12',6],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fern Canyon Rocks:
Colossus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Grade II   The Lost World
Nameless Demons   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Rock Of Ages
Days of Heaven   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Center Dihedral   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Desolation Angels   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Rock Of Ages
Celestial Gate   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Hats Off   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Rock Of Ages
Greensleeves   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rock Of Ages
Heavenly Daze   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rock Of Ages
The Wasp   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Rock Of Ages
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Featured Route For Fern Canyon Rocks
Jeremy Collins puzzles out the technical section on 'Hats Off (12b)' on Rock Of Ages, in Estes Park, CO. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2004.

Hats Off 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
Hats Off is located on Rock of Ages.P1. Climb the first pitch of Days of Heaven and belay. P2. Do the first few moves of the second pitch then continue straight up a thin tips crack (12a). Climb up this seam until you are eye level with a row of grips heading right. Place a good piece of gear high in the crack and campus right. The hand holds are pretty good, but the feet really suck. One can place a medium wire about halfway out the traverse. Continue traversing until you slab out ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By ?????
Dec 28, 2003
Just wanted to know how all enjoyed the steps out of the creek trail and the bridge on the Fern Canyon trail. I helped to build them. It was quite a project.