This crag gets shade in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Its good seasons are spring, late fall, and winter. The rock is a limestone/quartzite/sandstone mix. It can definitely get crowded, but sometimes you'll be there alone.
Once at the most left route at Pup Tent, follow the trail west till it bends around a corner.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Main Elk Crag:
Mint Jelly 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Giblet Gravy 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Eight Days On The River 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Velociraptor 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Fried Lizard Gizzard 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Limp Lizard 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Velociraptor 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CO : Glenwood Springs : Main Elk Crag
Start on small horizontal ledges to the first bolt. Then follow a discontinuous crack system up changing corners. The technical crux is at a right-facing corner near the 4th bolt. About halfway up, continue by pulling over a bulge into a left-facing dihedral, and step out left on slab under another mini-bulge. The final slab is protected by 3 bolts to a corner with a layback crack and stemming to the anchor. The route is continuous and LONG but has 2-3 decent resting spots along the way. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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