This crag sits below and just right of the Twin Owls. It is visible from the center of Estes Park, as a small spiky looking cliff. Up close, it's characterised by an arcing Y-shaped crack and a dihedral on the right side (the dihedral is Cackle Crack).
Approach as for the Twin Owls, and hike a short way past, then follow a climbers trail straight up to the base. The Twin Owls parking area at MacGregor Ranch no longer exists. Hike from the new parking lot towards the old parking lot, then go right/east to the 2nd branch trail towards the east side of Twin Owls. The obvious, beautiful orange face with the Y-shaped crack (5.9 or 9+) will be right above you.
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Cackle Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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Yosemite Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
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Hagakure 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO : Lumpy Ridge : Hen and Chickens
A good toprope problem or fairly scary lead. Hagakure is on Hen and Chicken Rock, the small buttress directly below the SE corner of the East Owl (about 100 ft high, w/ a pointy summit). The approach trail which branches left about 1/4 mile up the Gem Lake trail leads directly to it. The route starts in the large left-facing corner on the right side of the rock (Cackle Crack). Branch out left in a tricky 5.11 crack after about 10 ft. Reach a small ledge, rest and continue up a ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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