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Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park 


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Submitted By: Stich on Jun 29, 2008
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Description 

An unusual collection of spires, ridges, and chunky domes stands out of the area as you drive to Cripple Creek along Gold Camp Road. The nature and number of ascents in this obscure area is surely lost in memory or neatly written down somewhere out of sight. Harvey Carter is rumored to have put up routes here.


Getting There 

From where the paved road turns to dirt on Old Stage Road, set your odometer. Around Sugarloaf mountain and before St. Peter's Dome, the road connects with Gold Camp Road. At 12 miles you will pass Rosemont Reservoir. A small sign will reveal the town of Clyde, which is just before the tunnel at mile 20. Seven Lakes Road turns to the right before you cross a creek. At this junction you are still on NF land. The area is on the right just after the tunnel.




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Bison Creek runs along the Western border of the rock. The creek itself is on private land, but the property line is somewhere within the rocks.
Bison Creek runs along the Western border of the r...
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Eastern border of the area taken from the gate of Cathedral Park Ranch. NF land touches the road at this point, but a better bet is to stay on the other side of the tunnel.
Eastern border of the area taken from the gate of ...
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Close up.
Unusual dripped sandcastle formations.
Unusual dripped sandcastle formations.
Private land is in brown and generally South of the road. NF land is in green.
Private land is in brown and generally South of th...
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By Stewart M. Green
Jul 15, 2008

It looks great from the road, but the granite is generally Pikes Peak choss. I climbed a dozen routes here in the early '70s with Doug Snively and Billy Westbay. The granite is very crystalline and granular so jamming is painful. Plus much of the rock crumbles when you step on it. Lastly...the approach is on private property. Good luck on it but there's lots of better rock to climb on then Cathedral Park.

By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 20, 2008

Thanks for the info, guys. Knowing what rock aint so good is sometimes just as useful as knowing what rock is good. I'll move on to other stuff.

By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Aug 1, 2010

Max Kendal and I did a route up a slab somewhere in there. We found a long dong piton at the base of it. I recall a very scary unprotected 5.9 pitch. I mean unprotected, one piece of gear maybe. We called the route "Astro Pin." The high point of the day was Max attempting to "birch jump" a barb wired fence only to find out the sharp and hard way that Aspens are much weaker at the root base than east coast Birch trees. I recall doing another route higher up the hill and thinking it was alright the same Fall. And it is a nice place to be in the Fall.