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There are many good lines on the Pinnacle, the best being the easy classic Army Route (5.5), a 4-pitch line put up by the Army in the 1950's. The rock on the Pinnacle is often very good, but sometimes crumbly. For instance, near the top of the tower there is a crumbly band of bad rock. The rock offers a good variety of sport and trad lines. Most routes can be rappelled, but many top out and it is easier to walk off. For the walk-off: Downclimb a few feet on the backside of the Pinnacle, then follow the ridge south for a couple hundred yards until a trail descends west down a steep scree slope, which winds back down to the road.
From the gate on Cheyenne Boulevard (this is the park entrance, where the road turns into North Cheyenne Canyon Road), drive .85 miles to an obvious pullout on the right (west) side of the road. From here, the Pinnacle is obvious as it rises above the road. Cross the road and follow the trail over a stone bridge and along the cliff band up to the flanks of the Pinnacle.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Pinnacle:
The Army Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 4 pitches
Kendlee 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Balance 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Men Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Right-Facing Corner 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Corrugation Corner 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Tiger Snap? 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Sport, 1 pitch
Dragnet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Full Monty 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Cheyenne 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Dragnet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CO : Colorado Springs : ... : The Pinnacle
This is an excellent sport climb with high quality rock, sequential and interesting cruxes, and good protection. There are three cruxes which all felt like at least 5.10+, and they all come below the first anchor on the climb. The true crux is probably the first move, and is a little intimidating since you're so close to the ground, but the bolt is well-placed. The upper section above the first anchor is fun and airy, and I recommend climbing the whole thing in one long pitch (at least the fi...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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