Edge of Time

Jurassic Park

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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Edge of Time


  • Standing on the Edge of Time route in Jurassic Park.- Edge of Time
  • The line called the Edge of Time is on the north end of a rock known as The Fin.- Edge of Time
  • The climb is set in a rugged pine forest.- Edge of Time
  • A good illustration of why this rock is called The Fin.- Edge of Time
  • Climbing the Edge of Time is a spectacular way to experience the Rocky Mountains.- Edge of Time
  • Andrology (5.11d), another great climb on The Fin.- Edge of Time
  • A climber is silhouetted on the left as a peak looms in the distance.- Edge of Time
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Famous climbs. Great views. Rocky Mountains.
Can get crowded.
Northern Front Range, CO
Pets allowed: 
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
650.00 ft (198.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,920.00 ft (2,718.82 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Edge of Time is a classic sport route in the popular Jurassic Park climbing area near Lily Lake in Estes Park Valley. The climb is renowned as one of the most photogenic single-pitch lines anywhere. It is worth doing for the climbing alone, but you should definitely bring a camera. The difficulty is 5.9, and the hardest moves are all low on the route. Balance-dependent slab moves characterize most of the technique, and every step feels especially exposed on the narrow arête that the route parallels. For those uncomfortable with clipping bolts, the route can be top-roped from fixed chains by scrambling up the opposite end of the rock feature. Top out the finish to stand on the Edge of Time and take in the panorama of Rocky Mountains, including the 14,259-foot Long's Peak across the valley.

Estes Park Valley is home to hundreds of other fantastic climbs, and the town is a gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulderers, sport climbers, trad climbers, and alpinists are all equally at home here. After climbing on the Edge of Time, spend anywhere from a weekend to an entire season exploring the rest of this high-altitude climbing mecca.

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