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By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Apr 6, 2007
|I think these are some of the best routes anywhere in the state. I've done four of the routes and all of them were four star climbs. Trout's "Shinning Path" is in my opinion the best climb in the Platte. Noel's "Heart of Darkness" is also an exceptional route. The solitude is just fantastic on this remote dome.|
From: Golden, CO
Jan 22, 2013
Awesome dome in the heart of the Platte.
If you enjoy wandering aimlessly through thorns and bushwhacking, read no further, but if you want some approach beta and enjoy bushwhacking and thorns, here's some more info.
Once on FS 211, follow it past the Goose Creek Campground. Continue along 211 until you are past sunshine dome by a little ways and you see an old Forest Service road (actually 211) that has a locked gate and room for one car to park on the east side of the road. If you have come to a larger pull out turn around and go back 2 mins, that is the parking for Big Rock.
Walk the road for 30 mins (?) until it takes an obvious turn left towards the ranch and a horse trail leads straight out of this turn. Follow this horse trail to the top of the ridge, then bear slightly left and downhill. Follow another ridge, periodically picking up and loosing horse trails, while aiming for a gully that is above the cliffs (couch potatoes?), that are below sunshine dome. This gully will deposit you at the saddle on the left side of sunshine dome and conveniently where you walk off. Leave your packs and have an adventure.
Total approach time 1.5 hrs.