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Shared By: Rog on Nov 7, 2001 with improvements by Angela Lee
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Basically the same story as Penitente proper, but more remote and perhaps more beautiful. The hike over is fairly short (10 minutes?) and has great views. A perfect spot to escape any crowds that might be forming in the more well known areas.

Addendum: Eds. this area has been moved out from under Penitente Canyon to San Luis Valley, since it can be considered distinct.

Getting There

Enter into Penitente Canyon & follow the main trail. Towards the end of the canyon, keep your eyes peeled for a trail on the right (on a small slab) marked by a wooden sign 'Rock Garden'. For the most part the trail is obvious. At the areas where it fades out keep your eyes peeled for cairns. The trail is a bit twisty, but a bit of patience will drop you into the middle of the Rock Garden area. Personally, I was drawn straight to 'Ligneous Embracer'.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rock Garden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 35
Ligneous Embracer
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 16
Otto
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
California Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Honeycomb
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 26
Jugalicious
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 17
The Bottom Line
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Hanging Garden
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Unknown
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
Copacetic
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
The Terror
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Organic Gardening
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 4
Do the Right Thing
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Rude Mood
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
The Reckoning
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ligneous Embracer
 35
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Otto
 16
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
California Crack
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Honeycomb
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jugalicious
 26
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
The Bottom Line
 17
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hanging Garden
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Unknown
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Copacetic
 29
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Terror
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Organic Gardening
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Do the Right Thing
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport
Rude Mood
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Reckoning
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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