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Perhaps one of the more popular of the crags/spires of The Crags. This lies above Slot Rock, below Gray Slab, and further down and left of the Upper Great Face towards the left/middle of The Crags. Routes were climbed here since the 1950s. Alpine in feel but subalpine in approach and altitude, this crag provides 1-3 pitch treats on every face. All descents are by rappel or 5th class. You can watch the weather as from all these rocks you can easily peer westward. For a less crowded experience, come visit....
From Estes Park, drive south on CO Hwy 7 to the Lily Lake visitor center. Drive uphill and past this V.C. to the west and then quickly turn north on the road to the Baldpate Inn. Drive past the Inn, park at the end of the road. Best to have a guidebook with pictures (Kimball's, Rossiter's, or Gillett's). Hike up this same blocked off road perhaps a 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Head uphill through lightly forested slopes. When the trees clear, the challenge of figuring which rock is which comes next. The lowest of the crags are Rib Rock on the left (N) and Slot Rock on the right (S). This crag lies just uphill from Slot Rock. Hike around the left (N) side of Slot Rock. Plan on 45-75 min to approach depending on your urgency.
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