Elevation: 7,827 ft
GPS: 39.421, -105.252 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John McNamee on Feb 17, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

Cynical Pinnacle is probably the most popular of the crags in the Cathedral Spires of the South Platte. Its prominent south-facing prow attracts the eye for miles. This spire hosts a number of fine routes. The ever popular Center Route gains the greatest lines & waits. However, Wunsch's Dihedral is an excellent sustained line for the intermediate to advanced crack climber. Turf Spreader draws the eye, but requires a pumpy roof to gain entry to its beautiful upper crack. The Prayer Book was once featured in a Jeff Lowe video. Breashear's Crack is a fun test piece for the advanced.

Getting There

Walk uphill up one of the various of the trails ascending from the North Fork of the South Platte River. You may pass various abandoned relics from a different era along the way.

Descent

Most parties will descend to the east off of the summit to the saddle on top of Center Route. From the saddle there are a few different options depending on if you have 2 ropes or not. Note that it is possible to descend with one 60m rope. See comments below for a detailed explanation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cynical Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
CMC Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Hand Job Direct
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 350
Center Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Hand Job (aka West Face)
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Twist O' Flex
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Center Route P3 Variation
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Rubber Ducky
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Monkey in the Forest
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 31
Class Act
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
Turf Spreader
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 171
Wunsch's Dihedral
Trad 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 7
Rising Crescendo or Serpentine C…
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Don't Fear The Boogie Man
Trad 4 pitches
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 6
Buffaloes in Space
Trad
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 4
Only the Lonely
Sport 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
CMC Route
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Hand Job Direct
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Center Route
 350
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Hand Job (aka West Face)
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Twist O' Flex
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Center Route P3 Variation
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Rubber Ducky
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Monkey in the Forest
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Class Act
 31
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad
Turf Spreader
 29
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Wunsch's Dihedral
 171
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 4 pitches
Rising Crescendo or Serpent…
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Trad 3 pitches
Don't Fear The Boogie Man
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 4 pitches
Buffaloes in Space
 6
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Trad
Only the Lonely
 4
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport 5 pitches
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