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Pangborn's Pinnacle  


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BETA PHOTO: Pangborn's Pinnacle from the descent trail.

Description 

This rock is accessed from The Crags day use parking, which is now on the road to the campground on the right. A trail takes you up steep switchbacks and around and above the campground, which you can see below and right. You then come to a split with the right hand fork going across a foot bridge and up to the summit of Pike's Peak eventually. Take the left fork and stay in the drainage. Within about a mile the pinnacle will become very visible on your right.

Getting There 

From US Highway 24 out of Colorado Springs, drive past Woodland Park to Divide and take a left on CO 67 to Cripple Creek. Just past the entrance to Mueller State Park, look for a brown NP sign on the left that says "Crags TH." Turn down this dirt road and take a right at the Mennonite camp and drive a mile or so further. Turn into the Crags Day Use Parking on the right. Parking is free for day use. The Crags Campground is a fee use area. You can hike up the spur to join the original trail or hike the road there through the campground, which is less steep.

Per Keith B. Ives: the free parking for the trail head is at the "Crags Devils Playground Trailhead".

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pangborn's Pinnacle:
Center Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
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Featured Route For Pangborn's Pinnacle
The route we took in red with the green line suggested to avoid the rappel.

Center Dihedral 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Colorado Springs : Pangborn's Pinnacle
After scaling the lower slabs, head for the main dihedral in the center of the West side of the pinnacle. Note a crack with a bolted chain anchor over to your left at the level of the start of the dihedral. There is also another crack with some old bolt hangers on the slab higher up on the left as well. Keep to the main dihedral. The only fixed gear on the route are pins left from the FA.The 5.9 finger crack is within the first 100 feet of the wall. Gear placements may end up making this section...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Pangborn's Pinnacle Slideshow Add Photo
This sizeable buttress looms over the Crags TH on Pike's. It features numerous trad and sport lines with routes up to 3 pitches in length.
BETA PHOTO: This sizeable buttress looms over the Crags TH on ...
View from the hiking trail.
View from the hiking trail.
Parking lot at the trailhead.
BETA PHOTO: Parking lot at the trailhead.
I didn't take coordinates, but this is my take on it location. Note that the summit is above 11,200 & the climb is at least 400ft according to contour lines.
BETA PHOTO: I didn't take coordinates, but this is my take on ...
A 3-pitch route goes up the middle of the face. A piton-protected 10+ pitch, with technical stemming and seam-climbing, leads to a 20' splitter hand crack. Follow this crack through some chossy rock (and a tree) up to a large ledge. Traverse right on the ledge, belay from a piton and climb a left-facing corner to the summit!
BETA PHOTO: A 3-pitch route goes up the middle of the face. A ...

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By Keith B. Ives
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 12, 2012
Note that the free parking for the trail head is at the "Crags Devils Playground Trailhead".
  • Parking at the Crags Campground is limited & does require a day use fee.
The Trailhead starts at 10,000 ft, the base of the pinnacle is closer to 10,400, and the climbable rock is from 10,800 to somewhere over 11,200. Here is a rough map I made: Google Map.