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Elephant Rock

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Me on Elephant Rock, 1974.


This is a very distinctive HUGE boulder just off the road. The granite rock is similar to a mixture of Joshua Tree and Vedavoo. The freestanding formation is host to several crack and face routes. Most of the routes are in the 5.10-5.11 range although there is a nice moderate route up the South side and a couple ridiculously hard routes up the East side.


Getting There 

In the middle of Buena Vista, turn East off US Highway 24 onto Main Street. Go a couple of blocks and turn North onto N. Colorado Street (Chaffee County Rd. 371). After approximately 3.1 miles from Main Street and after the tunnels, you will see Bob's Rock on the East side of the road and Elephant Rock on the West side.

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Elephant Rock:
Three Ring Circus   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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South Side Classic 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  CO : Buena Vista : Elephant Rock
This is a very nice wandering line up the South side. The first pin and crack is about 18' up, so a spotter is advised. Traverse right on the ledge then straight up to the anchors. The protection on the route is fairly spaced out, but it is certaily adequate if you place good pro. This is the easiest route to the top, and could be used to place topropes on the other lines.Again, there may be new bolts that replaced the old fixed gear, but if not be sure to back up the old pins with good gear. Ho...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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At the anchors atop the south side of Elephant Rock.
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By Bob Dobalina
Sep 15, 2011

This formation/tower has only one set of rap/toprope anchors, and they are directly above the southern corner route. So toproping the harder lines on the north and east sides is impossible.