Rock Climbing in RMNP

Location Colorado

Season Spring-Summer-Fall

Difficulty Beginner to Advanced

Duration 7-12 hours

Overview

Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the best climbing in the country, attracting avid climbers from around the world. With unrivaled views of the Continental Divide, great weather and beautiful rock, it’s hard to beat.  JHMG offers a wide variety of climbing adventures, from multi-pitch routes above the town of Estes Park to overnight adventures in the Alpine. Routes on Lumpy Ridge in the Estes Park Valley provide climbers with the opportunity to ascend clean granite cracks with a view of the famous Diamond on Longs Peak and the town of Estes. Climbing higher in the Park on features like Hallett, Spearhead and The Sharkstooth give experienced climbers a chance at once in a life time summits. While most trips will only require one day, some of these bucket-list summits will require an overnight to complete, making for some of the highest quality adventures around!

Season Spring-Summer-Fall

Elevation 8,000-14,000 feet

Minimum Age 12

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Itinerary

Multi-pitch climbing on Lumpy Ridge involves a beautiful hike below the formations with views of the high peaks and the Continental Divide. This South facing area offers comfortable climbing conditions during  much of the year. You’ll meet your guide the Lumpy Ridge trail head early enough to accommodate your goals for the day. Routes are chosen based on your ability and goals. Prior climbing experience or prerequisite instruction is required.

Rocky Mountain National Park offers unparalleled alpine climbing objectives, often requiring a very early start with complex navigation made infinitely easier and safer with the use of a guide. After the adventure of finding the route in the early morning hours, prepare to gain increasingly impressive vistas of the Park’s topography, including the Continental Divide. Overnight trips may be required for some objectives. Prior climbing experience or prerequisite instruction is required.

Hallett Peak is a North Facing Wall above Emerald Lake in the spectacular Tyndall Gorge. This face offers classic moderate routes like the unforgettable Culp-Bossier 5.8 III. With a relatively short approach, this summertime objective is a very popular destination. Add the true summit at 12,713′ for extra value!

Sharkstooth is one the highest summits in the Cathedral Spires group but is accessed via Andrew’s Creek and The Gash. With a stunning 12,630′ summit near the Continental Divide, this alpine climb allows access to its views via 5.6 III climbing. Overnight suggested.

Spearhead is a beautiful fin of perfect granite nestled in upper Glacier Gorge. The formation is surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks in the Park, including Longs Peak and its serrated SW ridgeline called The Keyboard of the Winds. The North Ridge route 5.6 II ascends incredible rock for 7 memorable pitches. Overnight suggested.

Lumpy Ridge Level II: $450 private; $325/person for two

Alpine Rock $525/day private: $325/day/person for two

Please note that this trip cannot be booked directly online – please fill out the inquiry form and we will contact you shortly.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Conditions can be favorable for climbing at nearly any point during the year, but for most objectives, better climbing conditions occur in spring, summer, and autumn. Spring has a higher likelihood of precipitation. Summer afternoon temperatures can climb into the 90’s and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are common. In the autumn, climbers tend to find the most reliable conditions. Winter has many spells of great climbing weather, but it is difficult to plan in advance, as the Front Range can also receive full Rocky Mountain snowstorms and cold fronts. Because cliffs are dramatically affected by sun and wind exposure (or lack thereof), please refer to your JHMG guide for route or area recommendations. Suggestions are to provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience.

During summer months, even if the day dawns clear, all climbers should pack a rain jacket for the occasional surprise afternoon thundershower. Synthetic clothing is strongly advised at many times of the year, and is almost always preferable to  cotton. Comfort levels can vary quite a bit depending on where you are climbing within a given climbing area, so please ask us for our clothing recommendations based on your planned climb/class and if you are unfamiliar with the area. It is common for us to suggest an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

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Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.

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