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Elevation: 6,519 ft 1,987 m
GPS: 38.8746, -104.87959
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Shared By: Darin Lang on Nov 29, 1999
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Warning Access Issue: 2024 Seasonal Closures - these are the same as 2023 DetailsDrop down
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Kindergarten Rock (aka Gray Rock) is the Southernmost of the three large main formations in the Garden, and contains many fine climbs. Ormes' Chimney (5.6) may be one of the first technical climbs in Colorado and is still impressive when you consider it was done by Robert Ormes in 1924.

While the West Face of Kindergarten is composed of the same soft sandstone found on the Gateway Rocks, the East Face of Kindergarten is composed of solid, featured, and almost glassy sandstone. Some development has occurred in this area over the last 10-15 years, along with some rebolting of old lines. Must-do climbs on Kindergarten include the super-classic and well protected New Era (5.7), End of an Era (5.8), and Diesel and Dust (5.11).

New as of 2018: a portion of the west face of this formation (at least from & including Monster Crack, 5.8, to & including Footloose 'N' Fancy Free, 5.11- and Fragile Dihedral, and Big Sky) is closed to climbing due to wildlife concerns. The impact on brown bats, great horned owls, red tail hawks, and Cooper's hawks have resulted in part of the West face of Kindergarten Rock (aka Grey Rock), Keyhole Rock (aka Sleeping Giant), and the area between to be closed for all human uses including hiking and climbing. This information was from Bret Tennis, Garden of the Gods Park Operations Administrator.

TEMPORARY ACCESS ALERT - Spring 2024

The PPCA has been advised of restoration work to occur near the south end of Grey Rock aka Kindergarten Rock from March 18, 2024 through the end of April 2024. Due to this work, portions of the Ute Trail will be closed along with access to climbing routes on the south face of Grey Rock. Per Mark Tatro, the head ranger at GOTG, the Snake Pits and routes on the east face of Grey Rock will remain open. Please be a good steward, and respect these closures. See the photo of these access changes.

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To reach the East face, drive all the way around the main Garden formations until you are on the one-way road headed back North on the East side of the Rocks. Park at the parking area just South of the main formations (this is Parking Lot #10 or "South Parking Lot" in the colorful, glossy Garden of the Gods map with photos). Do not approach this area from the west, that area is closed. New Era, a dihedral splitting the rock all the way to the top, will be clearly visible. Hike uphill basically straight towards New Era. It's hard to get lost.

Rattlesnakes

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Per Cody Cook: watch for rattlers.

All chalk and chalk substitues are not allowed!

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The Park staff want to remind the climbing community that all chalk (calcium carbonate) and chalk substitutes are prohibited in the park due to visual impact starting in 2021.

When placing closure signange/notifications, our park rangers noted chalk stains on several routes in the closure area (Anaconda and Grapefruit Dance), as well as the Blowouts bouldering area (which were cleaned last year, meaning all the chalk here is new). We are again hoping that the community can come together and address this issue before it requires any action on our part. Access may come into play! We'd also like to thank the PPCA for their efforts to remove chalk stains in these areas last year and hope that local climbers might consider helping them remove chalk stains from the rock this season- check their website for more info on upcoming events- pikespeakclimbersalliance.o….

Prior Closure Information

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As of 7/11/17: the closure for Gray Rock has been lifted. The closure on North Gateway remains in effect at this time.

As of 8/4/15, the raptor closures for Kindergarten Rock have been lifted.




This closure includes the base of the North end of the East face, so climbers wishing to access routes on the South end of the East face should use the Southern approach (from the South Main parking lot).

Click here for an explanation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Kindergarten Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 83
Big Sky
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 282
New Era
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Monster Crack
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 129
Bob's Buttress Crack
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 116
End of an Era
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 55
Beginning of the End a/k/a Sandy…
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 116
Alligator Soup
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 73
End to End
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 48
Skyline Pig
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 98
Diesel and Dust
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 30
Beat Me Up, Scotty
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
Footloose 'N' Fancy Free
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 19
The Extremist (former entered as…
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 11
Anarchy
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 11
Dancesatmoonrise aka The Passion
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Sky E Face
 83
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
New Era E Face
 282
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Monster Crack W Face
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bob's Buttress Crack E Face
 129
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
End of an Era E Face
 116
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Beginning of the End a/k/a… E Face
 55
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Alligator Soup E Face
 116
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
End to End E Face
 73
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Skyline Pig E Face
 48
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Diesel and Dust E Face
 98
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Beat Me Up, Scotty E Face
 30
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Footloose 'N' Fancy Free W Face
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Extremist (former enter… E Face
 19
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Anarchy E Face
 11
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Dancesatmoonrise aka The Pa… E Face
 11
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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