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Approximately 6.0 miles up the canyon from Lyons. The Spire is across the river from a large pullout. Has several trad routes (which can be toproped) scramble to the top on the right side and scramble out to a nice alcove at the top. I may plan on adding a rap station/ top rope bolts at the top in the near future. Routes face north so this is nice for hot summer days. Rock is solid and has cracks that take protection well (You may need to garden a little). Only access issues might be crossing the river, and dodging poison ivy.

Getting There 

Drive up the canyon approximately 6 miles above Lyons, Pull out is on the left, and find the best place to cross river. The rock should be obvious.

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Spire:
Center Slab   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Spire
Brendan Sheehan half-way up the arete.

Spire-A-Jyra 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CO : Lyons : ... : The Spire
This is a new Alvino Pon route. "Right Arete" is a temporary name until the real name is known.From the ledge with the big tree, scramble up a loose gully to a small ledge on the right side of the Spire. The first bolt is about 10' above this ledge.Follow a line of 5 bolts and 2 pins up the arete to the top. A #1 Camalot can be placed after the third bolt, and the second pin can be backed up with a #.75 Camalot.The moves up the arete are fun 5.8 to 5.9.The crux is at the top: a bul...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By pete cogan
Aug 20, 2003

No need to walk off The Spire: there are two new bolt lines and two new anchors at the top. One bolt line runs next to Dire Spire; the second is to the right of Blow Chow and heads up the arete.

By Brian Hansen
From: West of Boulder, CO
Aug 24, 2003

Does anyone have info on the two new bolted lines on the Spire?

By Anonymous Coward
Aug 25, 2003

Brian there are some comments on this on the main SSV page. Search for "brown" and read comments made by him and others.

By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2003

Two new routes on The Spire (Right Arete and Center Slab) were added to the database today.

By John Worthen
Sep 4, 2006

We wanted to climb the Spire today, and it seems like several of the bolts have been cut. Does anyone know why?

By Toshia Leonhardt
From: Arvada, CO
Sep 9, 2008

Anyone know what the center slab is rated? It's not in the Lyon's area book, yet in fact many routes are not listed in SSV canyon yet and they are clearly not THAT new! What's up w/ a new guidebook?