|Upper Hurd Basin
This crag is a good spot for beginners, kids, groups, and sometimes mosquitos. There are 6 nicely-bolted sport routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.9; also two routes and many variations that can be top-roped. There are 5 double top anchors with snap links, three of which are shared by two routes. You can walk to or from the top anchors, but use caution and protect yourself getting to them.
The crag gets morning shade and has mostly good rock, although it's pretty dirty and mossy in places. The routes should get a bit easier as they clean up. You can also make some routes easier by moving just a few feet off the bolt line, or contrive yourself onto numerous harder variations.
I don't know if the crag or the routes are named. For now, I'll number the routes from left to right.
Follow directions to Hurd Creek Crag. Continue past the Hurd Creek parking spot for about a half mile to the end of the 2WD road, where there is a turnaround at a water diversion structure. Park here, then hike about a half mile up the 4WD road that angles right up the valley. After a creek crossing that would challenge most off-road vehicles, start looking uphill to the left until the crag appears through the trees about 200 feet above the road. The close (downhill) end of the rock is an overhanging face and the climbs are around the left side.
A. Route 1, 8, 1p, 40', bolts.
B. Route 2, 6, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Route 3, 5, 1p, 55', bolts.
D. Route 4, 7, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. Route 5, 6 R, 1p, 60', gear & bolts.
F. Route 6, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
G. Route 7, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.
H. Route 8, 7, 1p, 70', TR.
8 Total Routes
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|By Chris O'Connor|
From: bouldertown, co
May 13, 2012
I think the climbing and most of the trail is on National Forest land. I think the trail just passes shortly through private property. Can anyone share more information about this?