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Routes in The Bishop

Bishop Crack T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Bishop Offwidth T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Craftwork T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ellingwood Chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flounder T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Psycho Physics T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Unknown Handcrack - AKA The Right Splitter T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Description

High on the hillside and nearly facing Cynical Pinnacle and The Sunshine Wall is the stunning yellow East face of The Bishop. From a distance, this gorgeous face appears to be nearly featureless, but for a single wide crack that cleaves the rock in two. In fact, The Bishop is host to several routes, including what may well be the best single pitch 5.11 crack in the state, hell, anywhere.
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Getting There

Approach The Bishop as you would for Cynical Pinnacle. Parking can be had off JeffCo 96, 3.8 miles from the intersection with road 97 and the South Platte River. Hike up the mining road past the cutoff for The Dome. You can bushwhack a ridge line that provides line of sight guidance to The Bishop, in the past a cairn trail takes off from the drainage heading West. The hiking takes about 60 minutes, and it is indeed all uphill.

One way to get up: per Mike Carrington: park by the river where the bathrooms are and head up the ravine to the north, away from the river. Pass the sign that points to the trail leading right to Sunshine Wall. In a few hundred yards on the left, there are a few small cairns which is the start of a mining road. Head up the road about 5 or 10 minutes, and look for more cairns on the right that head up the ridge straight towards The Dome. At some point when The Bishop looks close, you will have to go left and bushwhack up to it. I would suggest going left lower rather than higher as I went high and encountered a huge, boulder-filled ravine.

Per Kevin Stricker: the best approach I have found is to follow the "main" Dome trail up past the cutoff for Topographical Oceans. When you hit the ridge, hang a left and walk on mostly flat ground to the back side of the Bishop. From here, it's just a 5-10 minutes to any route on the Bishop.

Per Christine Hartman, JeffCo Ecological Services, access to The Bishop is currently across the JeffCo property closed for raptor closures and are subjective to the expensive fines. Legal access via through adjacement private property has not been work out yet.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bishop

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ellingwood Chimney
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bishop Offwidth
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Craftwork
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Bishop Crack
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ellingwood Chimney 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Bishop Offwidth 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Craftwork 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Bishop Crack 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 2 pitches
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Kevin Stricker
Evergreen, CO
Kevin Stricker   Evergreen, CO
The best approach I have found is to follow the "main" Dome trail up past the cutoff for Topographical Oceans. When you hit the ridge, hang a left and walk on mostly flat ground to the back side of the Bishop. From here, it's just a 5-10 minutes to any route on the Bishop. Jan 15, 2015
slim    
Ha ha, in Richard's defense, I have been up there quite a few times, and I don't think I have ever gone the same way twice. Some ways suck, and some are even worse! Jan 9, 2015
Mike Carrington
Centenntial
Mike Carrington   Centenntial
Hey Richard, thanks for the super crappy directions to get to this formation. Were you trying to keep in line with Hubbel's guide? Well, it definitely leaves room for adventure. For anyone who wants to get to The Bishop without getting lost, park by the river where the bathrooms are and head up the ravine to the north, away from the river. Pass the sign that points to the trail leading right to Sunshine Wall. In a few hundred yards on the left, there are a few small cairns which is the start of a mining road. Head up the road about 5 or 10 minutes, and look for more cairns on the right that head up the ridge straight towards The Dome. At some point when The Bishop looks close, you will have to go left and bushwhack up to it. I would suggest going left lower rather than higher as I went high and encountered a huge, boulder-filled ravine. Jan 9, 2015
Although the sign at the road along the river says that the Bishop ( and all of the land behind the sign - up to the North Pole ??)is closed for raptor nesting from February to July it cannot technically be closed by any government agency. The Bishop is on private land and the landowners, the Priests from back east have granted permission to climb on their land. The State wildlife department and Jefferson county officials do not have jurisdiction on private land for non-endangered species. Depending on the way you approach the cliff you may be crossing public and and be violating rules for which certain land managers do have jurisdiction. Regardless, it is important to avoid disturbing nesting raptors and they usually let you know when you get too close to a nest. Hopefully the land management agencies who have responsibility for the public lands in the area, including Cynacle Pinnacle and The Dome will someday take a more reasonable approach to closing this several square mile area. I know of at least one individual who was improperly given a _300 ticket. So, if you get into trouble, you may want to do some research before coughing up_____ Dec 14, 2001

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