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By Darin Lang
Sep 24, 2001
Just a note on approaches for those using Heel & Toe. Things have changed a little bit in the Valley Massif area (and the Reynolds area, for that matter)since the publication of H & T, probably for the better if you go to Vedauwoo seeking solitude.
Viable approaches include: (1) as described above, take the Turtle Rock trail from the parking lot below Walt's Wall and past Holy Saturday; (2) take the Turtle Rock Trail from the east trailhead near the beaver ponds, around the Turtle Rock massif, and across any convenient beaver dam; (3) hike in from the Reynolds Road closure point (old #700D); and last but not least (4) take a good trail that drops down to Valley Massif from the SE corner of Poland Hill. The latter option probably involves the least "swamp-whacking", but is uphill all the way out.
Right now is a great time to hit Valley Massif if you're in the area. As of 9/23, the approach was bug-free and mostly dry, the aspens had turned, and there was nobody around except for the elk.
By Brian Weinstein
Jun 5, 2004
|a hidden gem. this rock provides a mystical experience that gives vedauwoo its character and charm.|
By shad O'Neel
Jul 14, 2004
|nice easy and free walk from the Poland hill parking area.|
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 12, 2007
|Approach we used: Take the Turtle rock trail past the beaver ponds. Continue on the excellent trail passing a few ponds and swampy areas. Meet up with a well defined trail going left (marked with a cairn)This will skirt a pond. Follow this to the base of Valley Massif. Pretty much dry the whole way. To approach the actual climbs it is easist to go in from the far left of the formation, finding your way through the inevitable Veduawoo boulders. It is also possible to get to the climbs from the right but you will have to do some canyoneering type moves through a very narrow slot. This is fun as well, and is also required to get back to the base if you top out on routes and walk off.|
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Jul 18, 2013
Coming out to this formation is well-worth the ~45-minute mellow approach. Gorgeous grasslands and views will bring you (especially on a weekday) to a shade-offering climbing paradise where you may find yourself alone to enough a bevy of moderate classics).
Note that after the main trail passes left around the Walt's/Jurrasic Park/etc. formations, wait until you reach a very obvious trail junction with a hard-right rocky turn option before turning left towards the crag. Though "The Voo" guidebook referencing three "beaver dam" crossings, in July we only crossed mostly-dry marshes here to find the crag.
After the aforementioned left path turn, the trail will be faint but will lead the way if you match it up with the guidebook's area map.