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Basically the same story as Penitente proper, but more remote and perhaps more beautiful. The hike over is fairly short (10 minutes?) and has great views. A perfect spot to escape any crowds that might be forming in the more well known areas.
Enter into Penitente Canyon & follow the main trail. Towards the end of the canyon, keep your eyes peeled for a trail on the right (on a small slab) marked by a wooden sign 'Rock Garden'. For the most part the trail is obvious. At the areas where it fades out keep your eyes peeled for cairns. The trail is a bit twisty, but a bit of patience will drop you into the middle of the Rock Garden area. Personally, I was drawn straight to 'Ligneous Embracer'.
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Otto 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Ligneous Embracer 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Jugalicious 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Bottom Line 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Hanging Garden 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Copacetic 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Terror 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Rude Mood 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
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Copacetic 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CO : San Luis Valley : Rock Garden
Copacetic heads up a left-facing corner with huecos and fun stems. It is located on a piece of rock that is fairly far up-canyon in the Rock Garden - beginning on a ledge 25 feet above the trail....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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