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Routes in Bear Creek Spire

North Face T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Northeast Corner T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Elevation: 6,400 ft
GPS: 39.973, -105.287 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: George Bell on Apr 22, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Bear Creek Spire is the first large crag encountered on the north side of Bear Creek when coming from the east. It's south and west faces are festooned with rotten overhangs and there are no known routes there. The rock is evidently much more popular with Peregrine Falcons than climbers, as it is the only crag in Bear Canyon that lies in the closure (Feb 1 to Aug 1).

There is a huge eye bolt 75' south of the summit of unknown origin and intended use. This crag is perhaps of interest only to climbers who are interested in reaching seldom visited summits. The easiest route, the Northeast Corner, is technically easy but somewhat friable and covered with treacherous pine needles.
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Getting There

Leave the Mesa Trail where it crosses Bear Creek and bushwhack up the north side of the creek (nasty going unless you find the faint trail). For the Northeast Corner route, scramble up the gully east of the rock for several hundred feet.

Alternatively, one can follow the trail up into Bear Canyon, and at some point before the first stream crossing, bushwhack back east down stream to the Spire. If you are aiming for the NE Corner route, it is easier to climb up west of Bear Creek Spire to the notch north of it, and then descend SE to the start of the route (compared to going around the south side).

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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
There is an active nest there this year. It's the S-most hole with bird drippings. There are 3 eggs. The bird folks are watching the nest. Cool. Apr 20, 2004

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