(LIST OF CLIMBS + 1 "TRIP REPORT")
Category: Colorado
Elev: ~7000 ft
Rock Type: Granite
 
2019
 

TURKEY ROCKS Climbing


Turkey Rocks in the South Platte is like the Indian Creek of granite cracks. It has one of the finest concentrations of crack climbs in Colorado with a friendly southerly aspect and a quick approach. It is often possible to climb here during the winter, although a four wheel drive vehicle can come in handy to negotiate the snow that is sometimes found on the road and the walk to the base of the crags. As the same suggests, Turkey Rocks is a collection of rocks, including popular rocks such as the Leftovers, Rightovers, Turkey Rock, The Turkey Perch, and Turkey Tail.


Guidebook photo of the south face of Turkey Rock. Granite crack climbing paradise!


The first time I climbed in Turkey Rocks was in July 2019, for two short days with a friend from Washington who was interested in a grand tour of some of the climbing areas in Colorado. I had just moved to Boulder and was eager to check out the area, so we included Turkey Rocks in our tour.

Since I plan to return to Turkey Rocks several times over the years, I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip report from the first day I climbed here.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done in Turkey Rocks
2019 trip report (1st trip to Turkey Rocks: 2 days of cragging)
JULY
5-6
2019

  TR #: 349



(Pitifully small)List of climbs I've done in Turkey Rocks

(Alphabetical order)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY AREA

Color-coded:
     TURKEY ROCK
     TURKEY PERCH 
     TURKEY TAIL
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Drumstick Direct Pitch 1 5.10d, 1p Turkey Tail South Face July 6, 2019
Gobbler's Grunt 5.9, 3p Turkey Rock South Face July 5, 2019
Jump Start Pitch 1 5.9, 1p Turkey Rock South Face July 5, 2019
The Satyr Pitch 1 5.10a, 1p, toprope Turkey Rock South Face July 5, 2019
Second Helpings 5.10d, 1p, toprope Turkey Tail South Face July 6, 2019
Straw Turkey Pitch 1 5.10a, 1p Turkey Rock South Face July 5, 2019
Steppenwilf 5.9, 1p Turkey Perch South Face July 6, 2019
Turkey's Delight 5.8, 2p Turkey Tail South Face July 6, 2019
Vanishing Point 5.10d, 1p, toprope Turkey Rock South Face July 5, 2019

Original trip report for 1st visit to Rifle....


July 2019 Trip Report to Turkey Rocks
2 Days: Cragging

Date: July, 5-6, 2019
Partner: Doug Hutchinson

 
<-- Map of summer 2019
     climbing 
roadtrip 
     (click to enlarge)

Intro

I had just moved to Boulder, and my friend Doug from Seattle took the opportunity of me being down in Colorado to plan a 10-day climbing trip to the area. This was a great opportunity for me to check out some of the climbing areas in my unfamiliar backyard with a familiar partner. Due to the unsettled forecast and Doug's desire to acclimatize a bit to the elevation, we started off the trip with a couple of days of cragging in Turkey Rocks. The following gives a list of what we climbed and some photos.

Climbs / Photos
DAY 1 (July 5)
Routes: 5;
  
 
Total pitches climbed:
 
7.5
1. Gobbler's Grunt, Turkey Rock (5.9, 3p)
2. Jump Start Pitch 1, Turkey Rock (5.9, 1p)
3. Vanishing Point, Turkey Rock (5.10d, 1p, toprope)
4. Straw Turkey Pitch 1, Turkey Rock (5.10a, 1p)
5. The Satyr Pitch 1, Turkey Rock (5.10a, 1p, toprope)
(-). The Fiend, Turkey Rock (5.9, 1p, just Doug climbed, it started to rain as he got to the top)

DAY 2 (July 6)
Routes: 4;
  
 
Total pitches climbed:
5
6. Turkey's Delight, Turkey Tail (5.8, 2p)
7. Drumstick Direct Pitch 1, Turkey Tail (5.10d, 1p)
8. Second Helpings, Turkey Tail (5.10d, 1p, toprope)
9. Steppenwolf, Turkey Perch (5.9, 1p)

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Photo descriptions:
1. Make sure turn left on 360B! We almost missed this turnoff.
2. Approach trail.
3. Property boundary sign. Turkey Rocks is on the boundary of private land.
4. Guidebook page for Turkey Rock, where we went on our first day. Splitter city!
5-10. Gobbler’s Grunt (5.9, 3p), our first route.
11. On top of Turkey Rock.
12. A nice racking up stump below Turkey Rock.
13. Jump Start Pitch 1 (5.9)
14-15. Vanishing Point (5.10d). We toproped this excellent climb after climbing Jump Start Pitch 1.
16. Straw Turkey Pitch 1 (5.10a).
17. The Satyr Pitch 1 (5.10a). We toproped this after climbing Straw Turkey Pitch 1.
18-21. The Fiend (5.9). We should have stopped climbing when we heard the thunder, but we thought we got greedy and tried to squeeze in one more pitch. The thundershower beat us to the top. And Doug learned a lesson on wearing cotton pants during thundershower season in Colorado. Soaked! 

22. Pretty yellow flowers alongside the trail.
23-24. Drying out at camp. Also a rare sighting of some stylish red underwear.
25-27. Turkey's Delight (5.8, 2p), our first route the second day.
28. View to the south. It's a pretty place.
29. Descent from Turkey Tail. The bolts at the top of Turkey's Delight had been chopped so we had to figure out a way off. We went west and downclimbed a short handcrack to a chimney slot which got us to easier terrain.
30-34. Drumstick Direct Pitch 1 (5.10d). Gotta climb the guidebook cover route! Nice lead Doug!

35. Second Helpings (5.10d), another excellent route which we toproped from the anchor above Drumstick Direct Pitch 1.
36-37. Steppenwolf (5.9). We couldn't help but stop at Turkey Perch and climb one more route as we hiked out.
38. Hiking out. Afternoon thudershowers building to the west.