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Squat Rock 


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Description 

Squat Rock and Sphinx Rock are currently both closed.

Squat Rock has been the scene of a number of bolt "wars" in the past and has a little-known moniker that is less than kind to the original developer (unfairly? I don't know, I wasn't around at the time). The generally one-pitch slab and crack routes, however, are quality, and include the classic 5.9s Lichen or Not and Elusive Wapiti. Currently, the crag is by no means overbolted and expect some 5.7 - 5.9 runouts on the slab climbs.


Getting There 

From Pine (see area description), take Elk Creek Road West for approximately 0.7 miles to a small parking area (2, maybe 3 cars will fit). Hop boulders across the creek and follow the obvious trail for 5 minutes. It's best to keep following the trail to the point where your route starts as some unpleasant boulder hopping is required if you cut straight to the rock.


16 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',5],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['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 Squat Rock:
Slimy Slit   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Lichen or Not   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Elusive Wapiti   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Kirk's Corner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Squat Rock
Climber Darrin Stein just past the 20' crux section.

Lichen or Not 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : South Platte : ... : Squat Rock
Another of the Platte's near-perfect hand cracks, Lichen or Not ascends a short vertical buttress and is punctuated by a 20 ft 5.6 runout on slabs to the anchor.Hike to Squat Rock and continue on the trail to approximately the midpoint of the rock. As a reference point, you should be slightly to the left of the Squat Rock summit (a blocky boulder cleft by a 5.10 offwidth) and about even with a tree located just down and left from the summit. Thread your way through some large boulders to the b...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Jul 9, 2002

All of the no trespassing signs have been removed form the Squat approach. I heard the owner left town and doesn't care anymore.

By TBD
Jun 2, 2003

Beautiful area (aesthetically). One of the nicest easily accessable climbing settings that I've experienced.

By Matt Chan
From: Boulder
Nov 30, 2005

As of 11/29/05 the board that facilitated passage of the creek is gone. You'll need to brave a fairly long leap over ice water or bring an eight foot board. Whatever you do, don't trespass by crossing the bridge to the north.

By mark felber
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Aug 17, 2006

Went there today, there are "no trespassing" signs everywhere that state that Squat Rock and Sphinx Rock are off limits. The signs specifically prohibit climbing and hiking. I was told by a local that the owners are concerned about liability issues. Time to get caught up on my Access Fund dues.