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The northern crag offers the tallest and largest concentration of routes at North Lake. Almost all of the lines are gear leads, with only one pure sport route on the far south end of the crag. The tallest and most enjoyable routes are on the east face overlooking the lake. The crag is split by 12 inch crack about in the middle and though walking on top of the wall is pretty safe and easy, this gap cannot be crossed easily. Short 3rd-4th Class down climbs/scrambles can be found on the west face of the wall on both ends if you want to set up a toprope. The most popular lines have bolt anchors and can be easily reached once atop the crest of the Stonewall. A few good topropes and boulder problems can also be found the west face of the wall.
See the directions for North Lake South to reach the trailhead. From the main parking lot on state wildlife land about .5 mile up the dirt road to Purgatorie Campground, head east across the open meadow toward the Stonewall. Once across the meadow head steeply up the hill and into the trees, picking up a good trail and following it across the old road cut. Switchback up the hill for about 10-15 minutes until the ridge crest is reached and then go a short way down to the northeast until the rock is seen.This ridge can be followed to the south for 10 minutes to reach the North Lake South crags. A trail circumnavigates the entire crag but the main climbing area on the east side is most quickly reached by going around the southern end of the crag.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Lake North:
Ronin's Revenge 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
The Secret 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
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This route follows a zigzagging line up cracks and blocks, roughly in the middle of the southern half of the crag. Ronin's Revenge is about 100 yards up the wall to the north. Start where the trail enters a little gap formed between the main face and a small fin jutting out of the ground. Ascend the cracks a few feet before meeting the crux, which is harder to protect than it looks. The strenuous moves don't last long and more moderate and well protected terrain awaits above. Gear to 4_. B...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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