McGregor Slab is a beautifully textured, south facing, multi-pitch, 700’ granite monolith that offers fantastic moderate climbing with an astounding view of the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park. The formation is home to several moderate multi-pitch trad routes, some of which are 5-6 pitches in length. The routes are slabby but the rock is highly featured with flakes, crack systems (finger to off-width), jugs, dihedrals, crimpers, etc. Some of the routes are difficult to decipher from the ground. Fortunately the climbing is easy enough that venturing off route will simply put you on something similar in grade. From the vast summit, you can easily descend by walking off. If you do plan on rappelling from the top, 2 ropes are necessary.
Quadrangle: Estes Park
From Downtown Estes Park, follow the signs to Fall River Rd (HWY 34). This road is also the North Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. After driving approximately 5 miles, you’ll see The Gateway, Fall River Road Visitor Center on the left side of the road. Look across the street and you’ll see the formation. Hike up and through the campground on an established climbers trail that switchbacks several times before reaching the base. Spy a line and climb.
Camping is available in Rocky Mountain National Park. Information on camp and the Park can be obtained here: RMNP Camping
On the mountain, lodging is also available: McGregor Mountain Lodge
Accommodations ranging from camping to elegant Bed and Breakfasts are abundant in the Estes Park area. There are far too many to list here. A simple Google search for Estes Park Lodging will get you all of the information you need.
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