Elevation: 7,812 ft
GPS: 39.404, -105.236 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bryson Slothower on Apr 12, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Another sea of granite in the South Platte. Mostly smaller formations with one to three pitch routes. Many gems hiding out in these rocks, but finding them will take some time and some walking. Major formations in the area include, from North to South: The Gemstones, Spoof Rock, Chair Rocks, The Slabbo, Ragnarok, The Boulder pile (hundreds of smaller formations West of Ragnarok), and the Cracked Wall.

Fire Damage has caused access issues in this area but recent news from a ranger in the area suggests that the area is open but only to foot traffic. While the walk is long, there are some routes that will be worth it and the solitude can't be beat...........................................................

Getting There

Top Of The World is off of HWY 126 just past the town of Buffalo Creek. Park along the hwy 2.6 miles South East of Buffalo and walk up Fire Road 538 going left at the junction after 1.7 miles, the right hand road is signed and leads to Top Of The World Campground (closed). Continue on the main road for another 1.8 miles to the old parking area, cross a fence and follow trails to Chair Rocks, Spoof Rock and the The Gemstones (The Gemstones can been seen from the parking area for The Cathedral Spires off Foxton Road). For the other crags, continue on the road for another 0.5 miles past the trail to Chair Rocks to another junction and pick up another trail off of the left hand branch that leads to Slabbo and Ragnarok. The right trail leads to Cracked Wall and Boulder Pile.


The Gemstones
Upper Gemstone
Lower Gemstone

Spoof Rock

Chair Rocks
The Kingpin
Parking Lot Rock
The Pawn
High Chair
Chair Rock
The Knight



Boulder Pile
The Dork
Holding BLock
H&R Block
Tree Slab
Physical Face
Threller Pillar
Mitosugia Face
Green Slab
Evening Light Slab
Naked Rock
Weasel Rock
Weasel Ranch
The Aerie

Cracked Wall

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Road closed right now. Jun 29, 2003
Brian Milhaupt
Golden, CO
Brian Milhaupt   Golden, CO
At the end of the forest service road is an old quarry. A private residence is now being built there and No Trespassing signs have been posted. Probably the easiest way to get to the end of the forest service road is to take a bike on the Colorado trail which links back up with the road near its end. Then stash it and hike around the private property to the left (north). May 30, 2006
Jeremy Hakes
Golden, Colorado
Jeremy Hakes   Golden, Colorado
Definitely closed at the end of FR538. It is not clearly posted where the private property begins and public FS land ends. The very old faint road heading east is very overgrown, loose, and miserable. Might be best approached from the east? From FR538 to the base of Chair Rocks was 4.0 miles according to my bike computer and also my GPS. Sep 24, 2007
Tim Banfield
Calgary, Alberta
Tim Banfield   Calgary, Alberta
4 May 2011 - road still closed. May 6, 2011
FR 538 is a public easement, and we are all entitled to use this road, it provides access to our National Forest. Current wisdom suggests a scenic approach by mountain bike, FR 538 is well-maintained until you reach a private property which lies just SW of Slabbo. Apparently the road is closed to motor vehicles unless you have a permit. I was here last weekend, and I just happened to notice that the combination to the padlock on the gate at Hwy 126 is 1008, now you can be a permit holder too! Happy Trails! Apr 26, 2012
Hiro Protagonist
Hiro Protagonist   Colorado
Gate still closed. Didn't see the comment about the combo, dunno if it applies anymore. We didn't see any cars, and frankly, it's more peaceful without the possibility of running into a car....

Ran into some people hiking the Colorado Trail, camping. Saw some CT hikers. And saw a couple walking their dogs. Generally didn't see many people at all (on a decent Saturday). Jul 20, 2014
Hiro Protagonist
Hiro Protagonist   Colorado
By the way, the bike ride is somewhat strenuous with all the gear you'll be carrying. Fully rigid mtb is fine, just be sure your gears work. Jul 20, 2014