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Gilman Canyon

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About Gilman Canyon:

Fun, granite sport climbing in a beautiful area. Steep and deep canyon outside of Vail, site of large mining operation that closed around 1982. Fun just to hike around and check out the old mining operation and vehicles that have pitched off the highway above. Tread lightly because area is on private property. Okay as long as you stay out of the mining stuff. Was closed to climbing for years until railroad stopped operating.
Nearest town or city: Vail
Directions: From Vail or I-70, drive south on Highway 24 to the small town of Red Cliff. Cross the large green bridge and take the first right which will take you back north. After about 1/4 mile there is a small gravel road that drops steeply to a small parking lot next to the railroad tracks on the left hand side of the street. Park and hike along the tracks. (Note: now there is a chain going across the street saying "No Parking", so you'll have to park at these chains and walk down to the tracks). Once you get to the train tracks, hike to the left on the tracks and go about 500 ft or so. The first route will be directly to the right of the train tracks (the 5.11a), and if you continue another 100 ft the majority of sport climbs will be on the right. There is a small trail directly off the tracks going up a steep hill, and if you continue up the hill you'll see a bunch of bolted routes going up the left side of the crag.
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Access Issues: It is all on private property. The access is on railroad property and the climbs are mostly on property owned by Ginn. Tread lightly. The area can be shut down any time. As for parking, do not park at the top of the step driveway by the gate as this is the access to the wastewater treatment plant. There is very limited parking along the road at small pullouts, but it is risky as there is a lot of rockfall there. Best is to park in the big parking lot by highway 24.
Camping: No
When to Climb: Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Week

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With Replies Gilman Rock Climbing mtnmia 5 Sep 16 2006, 11:33 AM