Poudre Canyon is located along Highway 14 near Fort Collins, about a 2 hour drive from Boulder. Unlike the canyons in Boulder and Golden, the rock in Poudre Canyon isn’t nearly as solid -- though it has pockets of good granite here and there. It’s chossy, but there are some quality sport routes and throughout the canyon, there are some 300 routes between the trad and sport climbs. A few sections such as Grey Rock have solid trad leads. While it may develop further in the future, Poudre Canyon currently has a rawness that will either seem like a pro or con depending on your point of view.
What Makes It Great
There are a lot of bolted routes in the 5.10 - 5.11 range, so there’s enough sport climbing to warrant a visit. There are also some great bouldering problems here, and the rock is primarily gneiss. In contrast to Boulder Canyon’s famous granite or Clear Creek Canyon’s hybrid gneiss/granite, Poudre Canyon is a bit more consistent and a little more crumbly.
When you do happen upon the best climbs in Poudre Canyon, you’ll feel like you’ve uncovered a truly hidden secret. They are there… keep your eyes open and explore!
Who is Going to Love It
Climbers who like a raw, unexplored feel to their adventures. Sport climbers will enjoy the safety of bolts on spotty routes.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Take I-25 to Fort Collins. Take the CO Highway 14/Mulberry St. Exit and head west into Ft. Collins. Follow the signs for CO HWY 14 and CO 287. By following the signs, you will take a right on Riverside (immediately after the RR tracks) and another right on College Ave. Follow this north and around to the west until it merges on 287. Stay on CO 287 for about 10 miles and hang a left onto CO 14 at Ted's Place.
There are no fees to climb in Poudre Canyon. For more information, please visit the Mountain Project page -- it features specific route information and a link to a free, detailed guide to the canyon.