The Headstone proper can be said to end on the right at Rock Nazi just before the trail drops under a large detached boulder. The Headstone is an imposing 250 ft West facing yellow wall that gets good sun from noon till sundown. If you climb at Devil's Head, you will climb The Headstone. It is pure classic.
From the Zinn Overlook, take a faint trail down and left, heading directly toward the most imposing crag in sight. Cross a small talus field to the base; routes start all the way to the left around the corner and in a huge dihedral.
Ed: I tracked the trail heading in and it's about 2 miles from the lower road when the gate to the campground is closed. Very obvious trail to the fire tower and Zinn Overlook (marked with a sign). -Ben
Weather station 7.0 miles from here
19 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Headstone:
Head Games 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Head Trip 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Alienist 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 100'
Topaz 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 220'
Rock Nazi 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Io 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 2 pitches
Haus Flake 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 2 pitches, 160'
Featured Route For The Headstone
The Rampart Rage 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CO
: South Platte
: ... : The Headstone
The climb begins on a good ledge 100 feet up the Headstone.Approach via a direct trad line, or use the Remote Control bolt-protected slab (better). The Rage fires off the ledge through a very blank, shallow dihedral that culminates in tricky exit moves into a thin crack/seam.First done free by Alan Nelson, this classic Anderson/Hanson line never drops below 5.12 until pulling into the crack system above the dihedral and small roof. This is a world class route that holds its own from...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Headstone lower pitch and Crimpfest (right).
Headstone as seen from the Zinn Overlook.
BETA PHOTO: The Head Stone.
Headstone from the fire lookout.
The Headstone as seen from the Starcastle
Aug 4, 2008
For what it is worth to anyone going up to proj on some of the stellar lines on the upper face. You can rap to the ground from the anchors at the base of Rampart Rage to the ground with one 60m rope. This is with ROPE STRETCH though. So know that you will be hitting the ground with your toes as the end of the ropes hit your belay device.
Totally casual though.
From: Bear Creek, CO
Jul 20, 2009
Well worth the long approach. Look for a small cairn just past the Zinn overlook on the left. This is a good crag on those hot days. Parts of it are shaded most of the day, and it is a few thousand feet up above the parking lot (providing some alittudinal relief from the heat).