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By Bryson Slothower
May 28, 2003
|Lazy Squaw Ranch is now called Harmsen Ranch.|
By J. Fox
From: Black Hawk, CO
Mar 1, 2009
|Don't park here...even if you're not blocking the gate. There are no signs that say "NO Parking" but you will still get a ticket like I just did, $50 fucking dollars. Park at Panorama Point and then make the long hike in.|
By Mark Roth
Sep 2, 2012
The comments about tickets got me paranoid about parking, even in the obvious pullouts near the ranch.
The mouth of the Aspen Meadow Campground has plenty of parking.
If you follow the well marked and well described approach for The Grendel, you can hang a left a little before reaching The Grendel and sneak up on the back of the spire. That way you have legal parking and are on a good trail for most of the approach.
The bolts on this were not as modern as I had hoped. Especially the anchor! One rusty relic and one '80s bolt that unscrews in your hand. At least they are extended with an old, rusty chain. No way in hell I was rapping off that.... I backed it up with some cord through a thread. Bring some webbing in case my cord is eaten by rodents. Might be time to replace the anchor bolts??
First time I saw this thing, I knew I had to climb it.... The location is amazing. You can see Denver and Eldora from the top. The climbing was more fun and challenging than I expected. The main thing keeping this from being a classic is that every creature within a mile uses this thing as a toilet! It's hard not to let the bat guano, rodent and bird shit, and piss take away the enjoyment.... If I don't get the hantavirus, I might add another star.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 3, 2012
|One thing to know is that right now climbing has come under scrutiny at GGCSP. Please discuss any new bolting, including replacement of old hardware, with the GGCSP rangers. Crystal Dreiling is the one with whom to discuss this.|
From: Nedsterdam, Colorado
Jul 8, 2014
FINALLY!! After many years of looking(and one aborted mission) FINALLY got up on this thing!!
A VERY UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL ADVENTURE!!
All of the bolts need to be fixed. I'm working on it.
Oh, an alternative approach is to park at Aspen Meadows CG (outside the CG proper but off the main road) and hike up to the saddle between the spire and the Grendel. Casual 10/15 min WSW uphill from there.
By Lenny Miller
Aug 24, 2015
For you GPS geeks (like me). I've requested the location be updated (old one points to The Grendel), but here's some more waypoints that can be helpful:
Lazy Squaw Spire: 39.87551, -105.42329.
Parking Lot on Aspen Meadows road: 39.86817, -105.41700.
Trailhead ("Attention Climbers" sign): 39.86884, -105.41737.
Turn off to LSS from Grendel Trail: 39.87508, -105.42096.
You can just see the spire from the parking lot (but CANNOT see it for most of the approach). About 700ft elev. gain and a little less than a mile this way. Note that the turn off to LSS (from the Grendel Trail) is not marked, and the trail after this point is very faint to non-existent but pretty straightforward (assuming we got it right).
Fun outing - enjoy!