Lake City is south of Gunnison Colorado in the San Juan
mountains near the Uncompagre Range. It's actually in Hinsdale
county, but close enough to warrant discussion. Generally cold and snowy
until late spring, it makes a great mid-summer destination for rock
and a popular destination for ice-climbing if you like that sort of thing.
Stoneseeker currently has a few of the climbs on Gods Crag (see
directions below). There has been a LOT of bolting activity in this
area and as soon as we can get more pictures, more of the routes will
go up. An excellent (free) guide is available at Rock and Roll Sports
in Gunnison collected and written by Ryan and Joanna Cowen from which
much of this information comes.
|Gods Crag, from the road
How to get there
From Gunnison, go west on highway 50. Just before you get to Blue
Mesa resevoir will be a left turn over a bridge. This is highway 149
which you will follow for about 45 miles to Lake City. Once in the
town of Lake City, you want to get to the road to Engineer Pass, AKA
Henson Creek road, AKA #2. From highway 50, turn right on 3rd street,
go 2 blocks (as far as you can go) and turn left. This road turns
into Henson Creek road. Set your odometer here, at about 7.2 miles
you will come to a pull out on you right and Gods Crag (see picture
above) will be visible on your right. The trail, which starts right
at the pull out, winds around up the steep hill. It starts to go way
right. Stick with it, it DOES come back to the base of the cliff and
is MUCH easier (and creates less erosion) than going directly up.
There are a few things you will pass on the way out on Henson creek.
There is an old mining town, very interesting views of old
dilapidated heavy mining equipment and shacks. You will also pass
some trailheads for backpackers heading for Uncompagre peak as well as
signs indicating you're moving in and out of public lands. The map
below shows Gods Crag. You will be approaching on foot from the right
at the base of the large cliff. You'll come to the front side first.
As you come around the corner, you'll see the waterfall first, an
|Map of Gods Crag