This crag has a very interesting, conglomerate rock type. There are rocks poking out from the wall ranging from the size of a thumb to a basketball, and they are solid! The best way I can describe it is like a bunch of rocks placed as holds on cement.
I strongly recommend checking this place out at least once, and it's only about 30 minutes from Gunnison, or Lake City. Stop on the way to God's Crag.
All climbs with anchors are sport routes; however, there is potential for some trad leads.... It is very rare to see anyone here, probably because no one knows about and there are only about 15 climbs. This is a south-facing wall, so it gets sun all day.
Also, if you visit the wonderful Rock 'n Roll sports on US-50 in Gunnison you can get a hand drawn guide sheet for $0.50. They can also give you beta for this area and all others in the area.
Take CO 149 south from Gunnison to about 4 miles south of Powderhorn. At mile marker 97, turn East on CR-38 [CR 58?] (left if coming from Gunnison). There will be a sign for Indian Creek Road and you'll cross a cattle guard right away.
Drive 2.9 miles from CO-149 on CR 58 to a 5-6 car pull off on the left-see photo (about 100 yds before the 3rd cattle guard). Walk about 200 feet down the road to a 4x4 road that goes west (right). Follow the 4x4 road about 200-300 yards to a small 2-car pull off then follow the trail another 200 feet to the southwest to the climbing.
This a great sustained overhung climb! Going left to the arete eases difficulty a bit.Some of the bolts are a bit awkward to clip, but if draws are pre-hung by your partner it's not bad....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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I really enjoyed this crag. What a pleasant little surprise of fun. Great camping too! The rock is more of a volcanic conglomerate so it is a little different than El Rito, or Maple Canyon. There's a few wobbly bolts on the main wall, so if you're so inclined, it would be great to have those replaced and a worthy investment. Oh yeah, it's road 58, not 38 that you'll get to the crag on.
Many of the routes have some large/dangerous fall potential. Not to mention some loose, wobbly bolts as noted above. Many of the "wedge" bolts used have been glued over top, then have loosened over time....
I'm not sure one would be able to easily tighten many of them, with this glue on top. Maybe replacement would be appropriate. Despite the numerous moderate ratings, this is certainly not the place for learning to lead climb.
Several bolts at this place have wobbled for many years (over 10 years ago) and def. need replacing. The rock is also very questionable in several places. Fun place we climbed for years, but be mindful if you go.