About North Lake:
|The North Lake crags are the most developed part of a long sandstone fin known as the Stonewall that runs along the eastern base of the Culebra Range in southern Colorado. The Stonewall is made of the Dakota Sandstone, well known for its fun climbing characteristics further north near the Front Range. North Lake has seen sporadic activity in the past but recent years there have seen a surge in route development. The result is an enjoyable, crowd free location that offers short but quality routes that are certainly worth a visit if you are passing through the area. Though at 9,000 feet, North Lake can be climbed in any season. This park is open from sunup to sundown, year-round. Camping is available 3 miles back down Highway 12, at Monument Lake Campground (modern, power hookups and showers available), or 4 miles up the gravel road in Purgatoire Campground (primitive; fire rings and pit toilets). Local climbers have been coming here for years... be polite and respectful, leave no trace and pack out more than your bring.|
|Nearest town or city:||Stonewall, CO|
From the hamlet of Stonewall, follow 12 past Monument Lake and continue N for another 3 miles. A Forest Service sign will indicate the turn-off for the Purgatoire Campground to your left. Turn here and park, either at the cattle crossing area, or further up the road at the split-rail fenced lot.
Follow the faint trail through the meadow to join the old road (follow this from the first parking area), heading towards the obvious band of rock on the hillside. A trail leads up through the woods to the sunny backside, which is covered with boulder problems and traverses. Head down right and around to reach the main east faces, or right and up to access the top anchors, the N end, or more bouldering problems.
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