Friday, July 09, 2010

Carly Crag - Just Outside Rico Colorado

The Carly Crag is a treasure of a climbing area. Though there are not a ton of routs there, they are all worth the drive and small approach. 9 miles outside of Rico (heading towards Cortez) on the left is Hillside Road. Drive up Hillside Rd for exactly 9 miles, this will bring you to the middle of a switchback—you will be right in between both cliffs. They can be found on the right side of the road. Hike down the steep bank to access the top of the cliffs (each cliff has a trail of sorts heading down to the right allowing access to the cliff base). Many good routes from 5.9 to 5.12+). We have not named all of the routes yet, but I will make a Topo at some point in the future. The area is shaded by trees in summer (nice cool place). Bugs can be present at times. This area has been kept on the DL for years. Photos by C. Fowler 2006).