Hardscrabble Pass Rock Climbing
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|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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Hardscrabble Pass contains a mixture of all kinds of climbing. Monolithic spires of metamorphic granite soar into the sky with multi-pitch routes awaiting first accents or early repeats. Lover's Leap is over 500' tall. John Gill roamed this area back in the day as well. Roadside sport climbing crags tempt the less adventurous with delightfully steep pump fests. Is there bouldering? No doubt there is, but somebody will need to enlighten us. Horhan's guide for Southern Front Range Bouldering - 1995, does not list anything. Rock and Road mentions the area, but gives very spotty details. Classic sport crags in the area include the Titanic and the Bud-Lite Wall. The best sport climbing is located at mile marker 18 on Highway 96 West just west of the town of Wetmore. The sport climbing is on the south side of the road and the multi-pitch climbing is on the north side of the road.
From Pueblo, head west on Highway 96 for approximately 32 miles. Look for mile marker 18 to get to the Titanic. As an alternate approach, take Highway 115 south from Colorado Springs and then head west on Highway 96 in the town of Florence. You can also go west from Pueblo on US Highway 50, towards Canon City and pick up Highway 115 south to Florence, where you get on Highway 96 and go west.
Classic Climbing Routes at Hardscrabble Pass
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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