Elevation: 9,300 ft
GPS: 39.177, -105.019 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Joe Keyser on Sep 9, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Parachute Rock is an out of the way crag in the South Platte/South Rampart Range area. The climbing includes one, and two pitch moderate cracks, and a couple of slabs. There are several nice cracks in the 5.8-10c range, and even a gaping offwidth. This crag has some great views of Pikes Peak, and the south! Hubble's guide calls it one of the 'hidden gems' of the Platte. I would [recommend] the topo in his guidebook, it is right on. Most everything seemed to be an easy walk off, including the summit routes. It may be a little out of the way for the value, but, it makes a nice day in a nice setting. The approach is short which makes up for the drive.

Getting There

Finding this place isn't too bad if you have the right directions! We drove down Sante Fe to Sedalia, and took a right on CO Highway 67, go about 10 miles until you get to the Rampart Range Road turn-off where you go left at the obvious dirt road. From here, you have 21 miles of winding, washboard, dirt road. Go about 8-9 miles down Rampart Range Road, until you see the signs for Devil's Head. Here, take a right where the sign points you to Woodland Park. Follow this dirt road for 12 miles until you see a left turn on FR 327. Take FR 327 for about 0.6 miles until you see the pinnacle on your left, and park in an obvious pullout in a small draw. From here, the approach is only about 5-10 minutes and is obvious, heading straight up to the base of the climbs. Rack up.

Per slim: the key to finding the turnoff to Parachute Rock is that when you are on the main road (Rampart Range Road), looking north you can see the radio towers dead ahead above the road. If you are coming from the south, this makes it really easy to find at night, as it will be the first time that you can really see the blinking red lights of the radio tower. At this point, the Parachute Road is practically there on the east side (right hand if you are headed north).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Parachute Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Pete and Benz
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
Illegal Smile
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Miss Bliss
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 13
Burgers
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
5.9 Route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Alcove 5.9 Route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
The Caped One
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 44
No Chute aka Rip Cord
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
The Grunt
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 29
True Religon
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 23
Slip Slidin' Away
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 9
Not Quite Jake
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Fogg Spire
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Lost Cord
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pete and Benz
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Illegal Smile
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Miss Bliss
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Burgers
 13
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, TR
5.9 Route
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Alcove 5.9 Route
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Caped One
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
No Chute aka Rip Cord
 44
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Grunt
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
True Religon
 29
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Slip Slidin' Away
 23
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Not Quite Jake
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, TR
Fogg Spire
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Lost Cord
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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