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Introduction, Approach, Description, Descent, & Animal Alerts
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From the Los Pinos River Trailhead, hike twelve miles up one of the longest, flattest, mountain-wilderness valleys in Colorado. A mile before Flint Creek the trail starts climbing. Soon after the left turn up Flint Creek the Pope's Nose can finally be seen (photo above). Less than two miles up the Flint Creek trail there is a nice campsite below the Pope's Nose. Finally, a steep aspen forest must be climbed and slippery slabs dodged on the way up to the base of the wall.
First scramble off the summit. Then descend Fern Gully to the slippery aspen forest (climber's right of summit). One party reported finding a rappel anchor that they could not safely get too (near the bottom). There is some consensus that this descent is awful!
It might be longer, but descending the west side, climber's left, seems worth a try.
Moose and bears inhabit this wilderness. One textbook notes that the Wemminuche Wilderness is the southernmost pocket of grizzly bear habitat.
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Central Buttress 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0+ Trad, Aid, 10 pitches, 1200'
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Central Buttress 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0+ CO : Durango : ... : The Pope's Nose
INTRODUCTIONFor climbers who like long routes, wild places, good granite, and for whom a little A0+ is acceptable, this could be the best 5.9+/5.10- trad route in the San Juan Mountains. On the other hand, none of the pitches are as beautiful as Honey Pot on Ophir Wall (or as hard). Even worse, the short stretch of A0+ on funky bolts is in serious need of re-drilling. Morning shade can make for a chilly start too.ROUTE DESCRIPTIONThe route climbs the left side of a Yosemite style ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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