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The Picket Fence is a small interesting area to the northwest of the Cathedral Spires. This area is seldom visited, and remains mostly undeveloped. Twenty or more unique spires await climbing without the crowds of the Cathedral Spires. However, because of the lack of previous ascents, much of the rock is covered in moss and lichen, and one must be careful of possible loose rock still on the climbs.
Park at the trailhead for the Cathedral Spires, a few miles past the Needles Eye. Follow the trail #4 towards the Cathedral Spires, and when the small climber's trail heads right at the base, make sure to stay left. Continue up a big hill that works its way behind the Cathedral Spires. The trail then bends to the right. Follow this up a gradual hill until a large flat spot with no vegetation is encountered. This should be right before the trail heads downhill steeply.
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