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Description

There are many good lines on the Pinnacle, the best being the easy classic Army Route (5.5), a 4-pitch line put up by the Army in the 1950's. The rock on the Pinnacle is often very good, but sometimes crumbly. For instance, near the top of the tower there is a crumbly band of bad rock. The rock offers a good variety of sport and trad lines. Most routes can be rappelled, but many top out and it is easier to walk off. For the walk-off: Downclimb a few feet on the backside of the Pinnacle, then follow the ridge south for a couple hundred yards until a trail descends west down a steep scree slope, which winds back down to the road.

Getting There

From the gate on Cheyenne Boulevard (this is the park entrance, where the road turns into North Cheyenne Canyon Road), drive .85 miles to an obvious pullout on the right (west) side of the road. From here, the Pinnacle is obvious as it rises above the road. Cross the road and follow the trail over a stone bridge and along the cliff band up to the flanks of the Pinnacle.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 116
The Army Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 49
Kendlee
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Balance
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 69
The Men Arete
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Corrugation Corner
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 24
Tiger Snap?
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 12
Full Monty
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Dragnet
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Steep Side
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Army Route
 116
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 4 pitches
Kendlee
 49
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Balance
 49
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Men Arete
 69
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Corrugation Corner
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tiger Snap?
 24
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Sport
Full Monty
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Dragnet
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Steep Side
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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From the top, don't walk off to the east!! Although there appears to be a trail heading that way, it is incredible lose and really sucks!! It's steep lose gravel covered in pine needles. Yuck! Jul 31, 2002
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
The major hold got ripped off the 5.12 next to balance today. It was wet behind the hold when we examined it, so the recent rain may have contributed. It was probably going to come off soon anyways though.

I think it's much, much, much harder now. Jul 10, 2010
JasonT  
Shit, Phil, that's been my proj for the past three years now....thanks a lot. Now, I'll never send. Jul 10, 2010
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
Sorry, bud :( I bet it's closer to a 13 now, though. Think about how proud that would be! Jul 11, 2010
So, does anybody know what the climbs, opposing the east face of The Pinnacle inside the canyon where the downclimb for The Pinnacle comes out, are called? There are at least three different bolted routes there I cannot find for the life of me. So, after the downclimb, you turn left to head towards the sun slabs, the climbs are on the face to the right heading downhill to the sun slabs. Oct 14, 2011
Ben Sebald
Colorado Springs, CO
Ben Sebald   Colorado Springs, CO
Just did a really cool route starting up "The Man Arete" then traverse into direct variations of army route. It felt pretty classic. Just join the Army Route for a second at the first set of those overly huge anchors and then move more slightly more right into line above the Army Route (but it's sort of in the same corner, 5.6). Then aim straight for the top on pitch 3 (5.7 'cause you hit a good amount more face) and finish same as Army. It's not hard but feels like you climb more than Army. May 13, 2013