Elevation: 7,762 ft
GPS: 40.453, -105.369 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jan 28, 2002 with updates from Caleb Gruber
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Home to many many moderate (5.7 - 5.10a) well-bolted sport routes, this is rightly one of the more popular destinations at the Monastery. One finds such highly featured rock the crux is often in hanging out long enough to decide which holds to use. Classics include No Mystery Here (5.7), The Steeple (5.8), and Monastic Groove (5.8).

[Eds. Going NW from the Outer Gates are narrow subcorridors, with routes inside, separating some of these southern-most Outer Gates SE faces of these crags. Some of these subcorridors have separate names. These subcorridors are: unnamed, unnamed, The Balcony, Hallowed Hall, & Inner Sanctum. For the purposes of organization, routes within this subcorridors will be organized in the The Vestibule section.]

Getting There

Just before the Guardian, head downhill, basically skirting around the left side of the main towers of the Monastery. You will pass just below the two bolted routes on the Not So Hairy Pin (5.8+ and 5.11d). Just past these routes take a right turn down the hill and you will begin passing alonside the Outer Gates. You will pass Harley Davidson (5.12c) up high then Simplexity (5.9+) and Going to the Chapel (5.8) at the Balcony. Finally one reaches the high density collection of routes on the Steeple, Vestry and Wine Cellar.

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It's an awesome area if you like slabs, the rock is awesome, feet are everywhere but the hands suck. Jun 5, 2010
Super cool area! The hike is hard on the way in and harder on the way out. Super sunny at the Outer Gates and for most of the hike - I ended up wishing I'd brought more water. It's slabby, but most of the footholds are pebbles or tiny ledges. I was wishing for slightly stiffer shoes (at least in the toe box). Jul 21, 2018