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Bucksnort Slab 14 / 10 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Etive Slabs 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Sphinx Rock 10 / 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 13
Sport Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Squat Rock 12 / 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
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

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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Trad, Aid
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Classic Dihedral
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slimy Slit
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bushes of Baelzebub
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lichen or Not
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Locksmith aka Dihedral Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Buck Fever
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Kirk's Corner
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Gumbi Groove
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Return to Forever
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Slippery When Wet
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Slippery When Dry
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Sphinx Crack
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Thinner Sphinx Rock A3 Trad, Aid
Classic Dihedral Bucksnort Slab 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Slimy Slit Squat Rock 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bushes of Baelzebub Bucksnort Slab 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Lichen or Not Squat Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Locksmith aka Dihedral Route Sphinx Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Buck Fever Bucksnort Slab 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Kirk's Corner Squat Rock 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Gumbi Groove Bucksnort Slab 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Cheops Sphinx Rock 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Return to Forever Sphinx Rock 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Slippery When Wet Bucksnort Slab 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Bouxsnort Bucksnort Slab 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Slippery When Dry Bucksnort Slab 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Sphinx Crack Sphinx Rock 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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Does anyone know the status of the following in Pine region? Looks like it's been several years since someone has inquired:

Upper Etive Slab
Lower Etive Slab
Sphinx Rock. Sep 15, 2016
Bucksnort Saloon is taking a couple of credit cards! Visa and I don't remember the second one. Jul 11, 2010
I think it's time that each and everyone of us voice our concern to The Access Fund and try to open Sphinx Rock again!
I have a lot of good memories from climbing down there for over 10 years. About 2 years ago my wife and I bought a cabin in the local area and were sadded to find this whole area closed by the "new homeowner". He has blocked off most of the car pullouts with dead trees and "trash"...(an old iron boiler)...has put up signs for 500 yards up and down the road.
What makes me wonder is why he thinks he owns that whole rock and everything beyond it that you don't see from the road. I have stood on the top and looked back many times to see many more rocks a lot like the Sphinx Rock back there, and now it's all closed? I think not...we need to contact The Access Fund with info about this issue and Free Sphinx Rock !!!
Send photos of the area, the home owners address on Elk Creek Road and all info, so they can contact this homeowner.

I also think this is the same guy who chopped the bolts and anchors off of this whole rock in the past 2-3 years. It's sad to see this area go down the tubes this way with the selfish attitude of one (1) area homeowner...who most likely doesn't even care or know anything about our sport of climbing. I say we all send a loud message so this homeowner can hear it..."FREE SPHINX ROCK"....

Contact The Access Fund. Jul 17, 2007
K Trout
Golden, Colorado
K Trout   Golden, Colorado
When it comes to wannabe hillbillies and bolt-choppers, there may be sad irony. The historic rocks above Pine might have had less of both problems if the proposed Twin Forks Dam had been built. The lake's shore would likley have had recreational access rights while also drowning out the local route-vandal habitat. Aug 10, 2006
What was settled for a while is now changed and this situation is not looking too good from the standpoint of climbers' access. From what I gather, the property owners met and want to have some sort of impromptu association that they all agree to report a trespass based on reports from the homeowner next to Elephant Rock (Sphinx). The Sheriff's deputy will act upon this as all property owners in question have agreed & postings have been made.

Also, the Elk Creek Station is no more. But the new Zoka's is worth a try.

Man, what change to this area in one year. Jun 20, 2006
Not to waste space but I wanted to share an experience in the hopes that many people have had similar ones to the area. It was the summer of '97 or '98. Never having been to the area before a friend [and I] went to try and aid Sphinx Crack. Some people were on it, so we went to find Bucksnort Slabs. Decent sport climbing, but I remember a lot of old 1/4 inch bolts. After a day of climbing, on a whim, we decide to take the scenic way out. Not far we see what looks to be a run down biker bar, aka Bucksnort Saloon. Good beer, friendly people, and a surprising tasty green chili cheese burger. I've never made it back to the area, but it sure treated us well, and I hope it's still treating many climbers the same. Aug 11, 2005
Ding, Daff & Doddle are on private property. Respect landowner's rights. Dec 19, 2004
Ding Daff And Doodle Domes are open for climbing. Probably about a 30 min. hike back to the rocks. Hubbel's guide book says that some routes are runout (R). But there is only one bolt for the 165 foot friction pitch on Raindance 5.6 R. So maybe it should be Have fun, it is an awesome climb. Dec 1, 2003
Doug Redosh
Golden, CO
Doug Redosh   Golden, CO
Does anyone know if the Ding/Daff/Doodle Domes area is open? The guidebook states that access is "unknown" at the time of printing. Thanks Aug 25, 2003
Shawn Shannon
Everett, WA
Shawn Shannon   Everett, WA
Do be very wary of Peter Hubbel's book regarding the Pine Area. As AC said, it can be largely inaccurate. i.e. On one map the Bucksnort Slab is on one side of the road, and on another map it's on the other. I've spent many frustrating hours trying to find areas that he has in his book. I felt much more at ease after I realized that he was probably drunk when he wrote it. It made much more sense then! Apr 23, 2003
If any ones climbs Lickety Split 5.7R at Sphinx Rock, be sure to bring two stoppers for the Anchors, because some one has taken the hangers on Lickety Split, and a new Route left of the cave route is also missing the hangers. Aug 26, 2001
Actual mileages as follows: (1) Sphinx Rock parking area is 0.4 miles from CO126; (2) Squat Rock parking area is 1.1 miles from CO126; (3) Bucksnort Slab is 2.2 miles from CO126. Jul 30, 2001

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