Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing

Discover Grand County from a whole new point of view! The Colorado Rockies offer some of the best mountain and rock climbing opportunities in the country!  Being a big-time mountain climber myself, including climbing Mt. Everest twice, I absolutely love the Grand County area for all the opportunities it affords. What makes Grand County the perfect spot for mountain climbing?  It’s terrain, variety of routes, and fewer crowds. Challenge your physical strength, skill, and determination by climbing at one of the great spots available in our area.

 

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

Located on the Continental Divide, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area offers some incredible climbing opportunities. The most popular climbing route is found on the Kasparov Traverse. This route takes climbers along the ridge connecting Shoshoni Peak (12,967 feet) and Apache Peak (13,441 feet). Along the ridge, climbing is available on the rock towers. These rock towers are known as the Chessmen (White Knight, Knight's Pawn, The Queen, The Bishop, Black Knight, Bishop's Scepter, The Rook, King's Pawn, and The King). Each tower ranges in class, offering a variety of climbing challenges along the way. Another popular climb in the area is Dicker’s Peck on Navajo Peak (13,409 feet). This is a great climb in an alpine setting.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

There are incredible climbing opportunities throughout the National Park. The park offers a wide variety of mountains and routes, ensuring that all skill levels can find new areas to explore. There are options ranging from simple bouldering to multi-day climbs.

The Keyhole Route on Long’s Peak (14,259 feet) is one of the park’s more popular climbs. Lumpy Ridge offers a more challenging climbing area within the park for those with more experience.

Hurd Creek Crag

Located between Winter Park and Granby, Hurd Creek Crag (9,000 feet) offers a variety of climbing routes. There is a First Cliff, Lower Cliff, and Upper Cliff that can all be climbed. There is a range of difficulty in the routes. This secluded climbing spot is favored due to its good terrain and warmer temperatures.  Routes range from 5.6 - 5.12 and 30-60 feet in length.

 

Berthoud Pass Summit

Perfect for a morning climb as it gets tremendous sunlight and at least one crag. Located off of Hwy 40.

 

Willow Creek Pass Fins (99 Mile Rock)

This fin shaped outcrop of rock is located just south of Willow Creek Pass on County Hwy 25. The East face of the fin offers overhanging sport routes, more than 100’ in length.

 

Upper Hurd Basin

If you’re just beginning your mountain climbing adventures, or have a child that would like to learn, Upper Hurd Basin is the perfect location.  There are 6 routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.9; featuring two routes with many variations for top roping.


 

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