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Pike's Peak towers more than 7000' above the town of Colorado Springs. Plainly visible from US Highway 24 on the way up to Woodland Park is the tantalizing north face. Rising out of the Bottomless Cirque, the north face offers a plethora of snow climbs, mixed routes, and descents for skiers and riders. The good news is that access is easy, but the bad news is [that access] is expensive. Fork over $12.00 each for a ride to about 13,000' or the last big bend in the road before it climbs to the summit. Park on the west side of the road in the howling wind and make your way east for 75 to 100 yards. Find a likely spot to descend onto the Hero Rock Traverse and feel the wind die away (results may vary). This area can be creepy, but keep at it. It's not too bad. Make a descending traverse to the southeast, working your way around snow gullies and a spur. A broad amphitheater announces your arrival at the Corinthian Column. The fine mixed routes, Total Abandon and Blind Assumption, adorn it on either side.
From Colorado Springs, take US Highway 24 west (past Manitou Springs) to the Pikes Peak Highway exit on your left. Signs show the way to where you have to fork over the cash and then follow the above directions. Expect 40 minutes of driving to get to the parking for most of the ice. Enjoy.
As of 11/11, the fees are $12 per person, $50 for a car with up to 5 people. The late fee for missing the 5pm closing is $100 per person!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Face of Pike's Peak:
Y Couloir Alpine, 2000'
Blind Assumption WI5 M5 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'
Total Abandon WI4+ M6 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches
The Ole 6 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c WI3 M6+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'
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The Ole 6 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c WI3 M6+ CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North Face of Pike's Peak
"We'll work up a number six on them." The #6 is a excellent mixed/drytool route located on the Corinthian Column of Pike's Peak. Steep and sustained, with a huge roof at the top, this route is not to be missed. P1) Start with a thin smear of ice up a gully to a nice ledge. 100 feet, WI3.P2) Climb up the detatched flake on the right side, continue up corner and belay on a sloping ledge. 100 feet, M5.P3) Ascend a weird, flare-y slot (#5 useful) and climb up easier terrain to belay in ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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