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Closed: Private Property - Sphinx Rock is on private property
6/3/06 -- Sphinx Rock (aka Elephant Rock) in Pinegrove, Colorado, is located on private property. Trespassing for any reason is illegal. Trespassing will now be enforced with the assistance of the local sheriff's office. Violators will be held accountable for towed vehicles, citations, and any legal actions.
Sphinx Rock sits (actually, looms) above the town of Pine. Personally, I don't really see the Sphinx, but the formation is certainly lumpy and weird looking, and perhaps a more imaginative eye than mine can make it out. In any case, Sphinx rock has, for all practical purposes, one good route and a lot of semi-chossy junk. That route, of course, is the famous Sphinx Crack, which is thin, insecure, overhanging, and surprisingly slippery when it's filled with bird/bat guano. Which it often is. Most of the stuff at Sphinx is traditional, with the occasional bolted slab thrown in. Rock is somewhat lower quality than at many other S. Platte areas, but can be very good in spots. You can walk off pretty much everything on the formation.
From the Denver metro area, take US 285 out of town to Pine Junction, hang a left at the light and drive to Pine. Turn north at the library (it's obvious) and drive up the gravel road for maybe a quarter of a mile. You'll see Sphinx Rock on your right. Park in a pullout and hike over to the rocks. It has a very casual approach. The driving time from Golden/Littleton is about 45 minutes, making this one of the closest S. Platte crags.
Classic Climbing Routes at Sphinx Rock
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