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South Gateway Rock

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South Gateway Rock 


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Elevation: 6,035'
Location: 38.8778, -104.88045 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Aug 30, 2001
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Description 

The large rock formation just north of North Gateway Rock is called South Gateway Rock. There is a lot of good and very varied climbing here. The Drug Wall stays in the shade most of the time and has one easy and several hard slab routes of very high quality. There are also good easy to hard crack climbs up to 3 pitches long, and a nice toproping area.


Getting There 

Walk past North Gateway Rock from the main parking area. South Gateway is the very large rock formation just across the paved trail.


24 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',8],['5.11',8],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Gateway Rock:
Silver Spoon   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch   East Side
West Point Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches   West Side
Crescent Corner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   East Side
Credibility Gap   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   West Side
Cocaine   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   East Side
Mighty Thor   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   East Side
Candyman   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   East Side
Rocket Fuel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   East Side
The Deal   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   East Side
Kor's Korner   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   West Side
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Featured Route For South Gateway Rock
Jason Alexander working Crescent Corner (5.9), Garden of the Gods, Colorado.

Crescent Corner 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a  CO : Colorado Springs : ... : East Side
This route is located on the east side of South Gateway Rock on the Drug Wall. The fastest way to get there is to park at the main parking area on the north side of the loop. Crescent Corner will be on the left side of the cement path just before you get to the Twin Spires formation. The route works its way up blocky roofs on the right side of the wall.I have actually never done the second pitch of this climb. Probably not many have, it is loose and follows the seam up to the anchors for [[R...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Andrew Gram
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 31, 2001

Too much beer when I wrote this....

Switch North and South for the entire rock description. Thanks for correcting me, Darin.

By Darin Lang
Sep 6, 2001

Remember, Andrew - the crack comes AFTER posting, not before. ;)

By Stewart M. Green
May 23, 2004

In mid-May, 13 Colorado Springs climbers closed off several of the social trails that access the Drug Wall base on the northeast side of South Gateway Rock. The new access trail to the cliff-base is a short path that leads to the base of Crescent Crack. Follow the cliff-base east from here to Silver Spoon and the Slice bouldering area. The deeply cut trails below Silver Spoon were filled in with brush and rocks. Do not use these old trails so they can rehabilitate.

The Colo Spgs Park & Rec Dept wants less trails to access this and other climbing areas in the Garden. The trails will be designated with city signage in the future. Look for new access trails to the west side of South Gateway, including West Point Crack and Credibility Gap, as well as marked trails to the Finger Face and Cowboy Book Crack area.

If you are interested in giving some energy back to the climbing community, please contact me to get on the mailing list for the next Garden Climber Trail Day.

By Joel Bier
Sep 9, 2004

Does anybody know anything about the climb just right of the first pitch of West Point Crack? The line ascends an overhang and then up a fairly easy jug section to another steep crimpy section before pulling a final set of flakes to the single piton anchor - 4 bolts + the piton and link anchor.

By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 24, 2008

Joel, it sounds like you're referring to the Indian Head route, which continues above the piton, hugging basically the left side of the white rock where the white rock meets the red rock. The upper portion climbs up sort of a groove, which you can see from below. The route is named after the formation of the Indian Head which is formed by the white rock, and shows the profile of an Indian looking to the north - obvious if looking from a distance. FA was done by Steve Hong, Ed Webster, and Earl Wiggins in the '70s. The climb has probably seen few ascents as the upper portion looks quite loose.

The bottom of this climb is also shared by the Pipe Route, which traverses right at the top of the first flake, belays on top of a pillar, then takes a second pitch up to the saddle in the white rock. I'll add this route description to the database.