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This is an obvious, short, wide swath of granite that lies above and east of Gem Lake. It may have other names. The rock is shorter on its northern end and rises to near 300 feet on its southern end. Climbers have infrequently ventured onto these faces. There is room for exploration.
From the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, hike out the eastern trail towards Gem Lake. At ~0.5 miles, you T with the Black Canyon trail. Head east (right) and follow the trail another 1.3 miles to this crag with a net gain of ~1100'. You will see this rock from the trailhead / parking lot. You will get better views from Paul Bunyon's Boot. You can also see this rock from Pulpit Rock and McGraw Ranch. Also, you can see the parking lot from the summit.
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Left of Cleft 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a CO : Lumpy Ridge : Gem Lake Wall
Climb along right-leaning, small, fragile flake and place a cam. Move up, then traverse right to a short, right-leaning crack. Climb the crack to its end, near the Cleft. Move left and up, into the longer, right-leaning crack (on which I am visible in the photo). This crack is thin at first, then steepens awkwardly right (crux, wide hands) before it nears the Cleft. I continued up into the Cleft, to the same belay position that I had used in the cleft (by f...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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