Haven't found your fill of classic sport lines wandering the main corridors and spires of the Monastery? A few more gems are hiding out in the Lion's Den. Here you might find a little more solitude, more underbrush and scree beneath the routes and even better views. The lines tend to be short and spread about the maze that is the LD. Routes in the LD proper as well as the adjecent Nursery will be described here.
The LD lies uphill - northwest of the Guardian. The approach path(s) are quite faint. After reaching the Guardian, the first rock reached via the Monastery trail, head directly uphill passing the Catacomb on the left. Keeping close to the rock formations on the left, the Nursery will shortly come into view. Two superb bolted 5.6 are located here accessible to toproping. Climb further uphill past the last major rock formations (few or no routes currently) and drop down the hillside to the SW. You will reach a small crag with 2 sport routes (7 and 11a) and a 11a wide crack. Just downhill from this is Bearhug(11a), a sport line with a very nice position on a gently overhanging prow. Down a loose scree filled gully you will finally reach the sport lines on Wedding (a 7 and 9 sharing an anchor) and Barnacle Rocks (a 9+) Alternatively one can access these two rocks by dropping down from the main approach into the Catacomb past the routes the Gravestone and Mausoleum, and scramble right across and below several rock ribs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Lion's Den:
Katie's Route 5.6 Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Bride 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Groom 5.9 Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Arete 5.11a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Bear Hug 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Featured Route For The Lion's Den
Bear Hug 5.11a CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Lion's Den
Bearhug climbs a gently overhaning prow - a nice looking line and well worth doing. Located uphill from Wedding and Barnacle rocks and just downhill from Lion's Mane. Climb up the easy slab on the left to the first bolt, followed by some easy 5.10 climbing. The climbing on the prow proper is fun, pumpy and balancy. Well bolted, great moves, and decent rock, I just wish it were longer....[more] Browse More Classics in CO