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Hurd Creek is a rock outcrop with four sections and about 30 single-pitch sport routes. It is secluded and a little hard to find, but it has good terrain and rock quality (gneiss, which is nice). Generally faces SW, so it is quite sunny and warm.

The crag has been developed by Jim Shaw and Don Maurais, and perhaps others. Most routes have appropriate bolt spacing and double top anchors with snap links or winch hooks. Although very convenient, snap links are not as strong as most anchors, so watch for wear and you may want to clip your own gear to the hangers. Some routes can be top-roped.

Routes range from 5.6 to 5.12 and about 30-60 feet in length. Jim Shaw has published a small guidebook called "Fraser Valley Climbs" which is available for a modest price at Icebox Mountain Sports in Fraser. (On US 40 near the Ace Hardware store, 970-722-7780.) Please buy this book. Jim has donated considerable time and money to put up the routes and the small proceeds from book sales help support his maintenance costs. So let's not supercede his book with this webpage.

Getting There 

At 3.7 miles north of Fraser, turn east off US 40 as for Devil's Thumb Ski Ranch. This turn is 0.3 miles south of Tabernash, just south of the highway curve and bridge over the railroad tracks. Call this Mile 0.0.

Mile 0.4 -- Take the left fork on Cnty Rd 84 towards Meadow Creek Reservoir. (Not the right fork towards Devil's Thumb Ranch.)

Mile 1.2 -- Go straight past Strawberry Rd on the left.

Mile 1.3 -- Take the right fork on CR 841. (Do not take the left fork to Meadow Creek Reservoir.)

Mile 2.5 -- Stay left on the main road (CR 841). (Pass CR 843 which goes right.)

Mile 2.8 -- Turn left off of CR 841 (before it crosses Hurd Creek) onto CR 848. There has been a "Dead End" sign here in the past, but it is not a dead end.

Mile 3.3 -- This is the tricky part. The road splits three ways. Take the right fork even though it appears to be the lesser road of the three and looks like a driveway. There has been a "forest access" sign and sometimes a FR sign, but the FR sign has been taken down at times in the past. This road has several cabins along the road and although you don't need 4wd for traction it is quite rough for 1.1 miles. (If your vehicle has less than 6" of ground clearance, you may wish to take a longer alternate route discussed below.)

Mile 4.4 -- Junction with FR 128 (aka CR 81, aka "Water Board Road"). Go right and uphill.

Mile 4.7 -- Go straight and uphill (per Lindsay Clark, 2013: Sign now says Rd 130.1). (Do not go right on continuation of FR 128.) Proceed uphill (on 130.1) with views of the Hurd Creek Crag up to the left.

Mile 5.1 -- The road widens with a small pullout area on the left and a small cairn marking the trail. Through the trees you can see a small footbridge crossing Hurd Creek.

Trail -- Hike about a half mile to the crag on a good trail. Shortly before the crag, the trail splits. Go left to the Lower Wall or go right to the other walls.

[Alternate route to avoid rough road: At Mile 1.3 take the left fork onto FR 129 towards Meadow Creek Reservoir. After several miles (maybe about 5 miles?), turn right on FR 128. Go generally south and downhill on FR 128 for about 3 miles until reaching Mile 4.4 in the description above, where the rough road comes in from the right and you now go left.]

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

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Matt DeCoste on the lead at Hurd Creek crag.
Matt DeCoste on the lead at Hurd Creek crag.
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David DeCoste climbing sport route at Hurd Creek c...
Hurd Creek crag near Tabernash, CO.
Hurd Creek crag near Tabernash, CO.
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David DeCoste climbing sport route at Hurd Creek c...
First Wall, looking north.
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David DeCoste topping out.
David DeCoste topping out.
Jim S. on Choss Pile Right, 5.10.
Jim S. on Choss Pile Right, 5.10.

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By Lindsay Clark
From: Louisville, CO
Aug 1, 2013
Mile 4.7 --Go straight and uphill (the posted sign now says 130.1). Do not go right which is the continuation of FR 128. Proceed uphill 130.1.
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