The Thumb and Needle are the 2 more popular crags on top of Prospect Mountain. The routes on The Thumb vary from 5.0 to 5.11d. The Thumb is short (2 pitches at the very most) but offer excellent exposure to the town of Estes Park.
The Thumb and the Needle lie on top of Prospect Mountain and the eaisest way to get there is to drive either from CO Highway 7, leaving town until you reach Peak View drive. Take PVD until you see a gold sign on your right that says "Prospect Highlands". This is Curry. Take that sharp right turn. Continue up this short road that will eventually turn into gravel and park at the cropping just short of the gate. Please do not attempt to park in the way of the landowners. The trail starts just up the gully and goes for an enjoyable yet steep 5 min. approach. The first rock you will see is the Needle. Less than 100 yards further uphill is The Thumb. The Thimble is a sliver of rock lying just E of The Thumb.
To descend the Thumb, you can find a set of slings just below the level of the summit on the West Face. Rappel 95 ft to the ground. You can also descend with a 60m single rope by rappeling off the North Face TWICE. You can also spiral down the descent climb, 5.2 heading SW and following the path of least resistance.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Thumb:
South Ridge of the Thumb 5.3 R Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet
North Overhangs 5.9- Trad, 2 pitches, 220 feet, Grade II
Zig Arete 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Rest in Peace 5.11b/c Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Confines of Power 5.11d Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For The Thumb
Brace Y'self aka Pin Job 5.10b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Thumb
This is a nice, little line with fixed pro on the NE face of The Thumb. It has a pleasant 2nd half of face climbing, which is better than it looks from the ground. The fixed protection on the climb is a bit tough to see from the ground. It shares a start with Right Center, but if you're on TR, you can start to the left with more face climbing.Climb up to a short, L-facing, L-arcing dihedral about 20 ft up with a fixed orange TCU. Get up on a small ledge. You can get a couple sm...[more] Browse More Classics in CO