Elevation: 6,823 ft
GPS: 39.416, -105.321 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Darin Lang on Jul 27, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Getting There

The Pine area is a bit easier to describe. Take US 285 to Pine Junction and then head south about 8 miles on CO126. Note that the Etive slabs, just North of Pine, are on private property and as far as I know are still closed. In any event, when you get to Pine, turn East on Elk Creek Road. Approx 1/2 mile will deposit you on the approach to Sphinx Rock, clearly visible on the South side of the river. Another 1/2 mile or so will be a parking area (2 cars), which leads to the approach to Squat Rock (cross the river to find a good trail with a 5-10 minute approach to the rock). Keep following the road to reach Bucksnort Slab, which will be obvious on the North side of the road. Finally, and most importantly, stay on the road for another mile or so to reach the Bucksnort Saloon, where good beer is served, but they don't accept Visa (or any other credit card). Parking is extremely limited on Elk Creek road, so you may have to do a bit more hiking. Also, it is important not to raise the ire of the property owners along the road. Please don't block the road, hike near a home, or ignore any signs in the area.

Please Note that both Sphinx and Squat Rock are currently closed.

Bucksnort Saloon

Note, the Bucksnort is typically closed on Wednesdays (just so you won't get disappointed).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pine Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 185
Classic Dihedral
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
Slimy Slit
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Bushes of Baelzebub
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Lichen or Not
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 36
Buck Fever
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 21
Kirk's Corner
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 15
Locksmith aka Dihedral Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Gumbi Groove
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Cheops
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Prickle's Problem
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Return to Forever
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 7
Slippery When Wet
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Bouxsnort
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Slippery When Dry
Trad
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 5
Sphinx Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Classic Dihedral Bucksnort Slab
 185
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Slimy Slit Squat Rock
 13
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bushes of Baelzebub Bucksnort Slab
 58
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Lichen or Not Squat Rock
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Buck Fever Bucksnort Slab
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Kirk's Corner Squat Rock
 21
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Locksmith aka Dihedral Route Sphinx Rock
 15
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Gumbi Groove Bucksnort Slab
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Cheops Sphinx Rock
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Prickle's Problem Bucksnort Slab
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Return to Forever Sphinx Rock
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Slippery When Wet Bucksnort Slab
 7
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Bouxsnort Bucksnort Slab
 4
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Slippery When Dry Bucksnort Slab
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Sphinx Crack Sphinx Rock
 5
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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