Parachute Rock is an out of the way crag in the South Platte/South Rampart Range area. The climbing includes one, and two pitch moderate cracks, and a couple of slabs. There are several nice cracks in the 5.8-10c range, and even a gaping offwidth. This crag has some great views of Pikes Peak, and the south! Hubble's guide calls it one of the 'hidden gems' of the Platte. I would [recommend] the topo in his guidebook, it is right on. Most everything seemed to be an easy walk off, including the summit routes. It may be a little out of the way for the value, but, it makes a nice day in a nice setting. The approach is short which makes up for the drive.
Finding this place isn't too bad if you have the right directions! We drove down Sante Fe to Sedalia, and took a right on CO Highway 67, go about 10 miles until you get to the Rampart Range Road turn-off where you go left at the obvious dirt road. From here, you have 21 miles of winding, washboard, dirt road. Go about 8-9 miles down Rampart Range Road, until you see the signs for Devil's Head. Here, take a right where the sign points you to Woodland Park. Follow this dirt road for 12 miles until you see a left turn on FR 327. Take FR 327 for about 0.6 miles until you see the pinnacle on your left, and park in an obvious pullout in a small draw. From here, the approach is only about 5-10 minutes and is obvious, heading straight up to the base of the climbs. Rack up.
Per slim: the key to finding the turnoff to Parachute is that when you are on the main road (Rampart Range Road), looking north you can see the radio towers dead ahead above the road. If you are coming from the south, this makes it really easy to find at night, as it will be the first time that you can really see the blinking red lights of the radio tower. At this point, the Parachute Road is practically there on the east side (right hand if you are headed north).
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Parachute is divided into two sections. The left broad slabby area, and up and right the alcove. The righthand end of the slabby area is terminated by a short wall of boulders with an easy access upwards to the alcove. At the righthand end of the slab is a narrow face bordered on the left by a bushy 5.5 crack and on the right by the arete formed by the right edge of the face. This route climbs the more or less continuous crack system on the left side of the narrow face just to the right of t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: Alcove Area.
BETA PHOTO: Parachute Rock, from the base.
BETA PHOTO: Parachute Rock.
|By Joe Keyser|
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Sep 12, 2002
Forgot to mention that the road gets a little rough in places getting here. So, if you have the choice between say, a honda or a pickup, you know which one to choose...
|By Barrett Cooper|
Jan 14, 2003
For a small crag this place if full of quality routes. It was spared by the Hayman fire and is always fairly cool in the summer. Quality south platte rock.
|By Bill Parmenter|
Jul 11, 2003
Rap anchors have been installed at the top of P1 Pete n' Ben's, Alcove 5.9 Route, and Flake Route. This now make it possible to rap (not lower) off of these routes. With some traversing adjacent routes could also access these anchors (Here comes the preaching) DO NOT top rope directly off of these anchors. Attach your own gear to the anchors and top rope off of that. This is a remote area and if the rings get worn through, someone could get hurt or killed before they got replaced. Someone has done us all a service, enjoy but don't abuse it.
|By Ryan Jaret|
From: Eldorado Springs
Mar 27, 2007
Does anyone know if there is good camping in or around the parachute rock area?
|By adam brink|
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 27, 2007
When Jess and I went there we actually camped near the parking area for Parachute Rock. I don't know if that is allowed any more but there were a couple primitive sites when we were there. Hope you have fun!
Oct 12, 2010
For me, the key to finding the turnoff to Parachute is that when you are on the main road (Rampart Range Road), looking north you can see the radio towers dead ahead above the road. If you are coming from the south, this makes it really easy to find at night, as it will be the first time that you can really see the blinking red lights of the radio tower. At this point, the Parachute Road is practically there on the east side (right hand if you are headed north).
Hope this helps (?)
|By Dave G|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 6, 2010
I finally made it to Parachute Rock today on an absolutely georgous warm November day. We only got in two climbs, but made it to the top and really enjoyed the excellent rock and great cracks. This place is a hidded gem.
From: Colorado Springs
Nov 8, 2010
If you are coming from Colorado Springs area and going N. on Rampart Range Rd., the right turn will be a few miles past FR 325 (Mt. Herman road). We took the advice and went at night. The turn is no joke when the giant radio towers with red, flashing lights are right over the road. My buddy drove his Ford Focus with no scraping. After turning off Rampart Range Road, it is the first obvious turnoff with a fire pit.
Grid Coordinates for where we parked:
N 39 degrees 10.593
W 105 degrees 01.114
Elevation 9200 ft.
|By Dave G|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 14, 2010
The FR327 turnoff is about 9 miles north of Mount Herman Road (FR320) and 15 miles north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road (FR300). The radio towers are great markers. Once on FR327, drive past the one turnoff on the left (north) to reach the Parachute Rock parking area also on the left.
|By erik rieger|
From: Gold Hill, CO
Apr 1, 2012
This place is a gem.