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Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon

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Piz Badille 
Piz Cengalo 

Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon  


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 40.13993, -105.48447 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is a section on the rock of along the Middle Fork of the St. Vrain River. It is ~8000' in altitude. The rock is granitic. This generally receives little climber attention. The Middle fork is typically fairly easy to cross via wading; however, a heavy spring runoff may make it more challenging and require extra shenanigans like balancing over a log.

Middle Fork of St. Vrain

Mile ~14 south on CO 72: Piz Cengalo
Mile 14.4, south on CO 72 -> "a few miles" East: Piz Badille

Getting There 

To get there from Lyons, take CO 7 up the St. Vrain Canyon to the intersection with CO 72. Take a left (south) and after a few miles, the Piz will dominate the left side of the highway across the St. Vrain River.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.9 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Middle Fork of St. Vrain Canyon:
Right Side   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Piz Badille
The Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Piz Badille
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Big view of Piz Badille....

The Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Lyons : ... : Piz Badille
This is the premier mountaineering route on the Piz Badille, a long, moderate journey up the ridge along the left margin of the west face. The route is obvious in George Bell's photo. The hardest part of the route is gaining the ridge crest - a route finding quandary - but these early difficulties are inconsistent with the remainder of the climbing, as you'll enjoy easy climbing with good protection on decent rock for the remaining three or four pitches.P1. (5.6 - 5.8) The first pitch of the R...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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