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Areas in Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

Acid Rock 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Couch Potatoes 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Flagship, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Helen's Dome 14 / 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Hidden Valley Crag 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hidden Valley Slab 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Infidel, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Kat's Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Rainy Day Rock 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Renaissance Slab 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sheeprock 15 / 15 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Sunshine Dome 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Weathering Heights Dome 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 8,291 ft
GPS: 39.189, -105.335 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: John McNamee on Feb 17, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Referred to as the "Inner Platte" in some guidebooks, this area has the South Platte's largest collection of granite domes. The settings are generally very pleasant and the approaches short. Areas definitely worth visiting include: Sheep Rock, Helen's Dome, Baby Helen and Acid Rock.

The climbing, the quality and texture of the rock is somewhat unlike that of the rest of the Platte. Knobs, feldspar crystals and dyke's provide superb friction and face climbing. Its similar but much more featured than the climbing compared to The Dome in the Catherdral Spires area. Helen's Dome and Acid rock also have some good crack climbs as well.

The Molly Gulch Campground is closed indefinitely due to the Hayman Fire. Please see the USFS for details.

Getting There

Please refer to the individual areas for specific details on how to find them.

Campground information

Click here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recarea/?recid=12943.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Acid Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fractured Fairytales
Sport 6 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
The Divine Ms M.
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sticks 'n' Stones
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Four Eyes
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Fool's Gold
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Unknown between Divine Miss M & Eroti…
Sport 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
Tour de Platte
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Buffalo Soldier
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Riders in the Sky
Sport 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Solarian
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Charley Don't Surf
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Shining Path
Trad 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Sandinista
Trad 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Heart of Darkness
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Acid Crack Sheeprock > Velcro Wall 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Fractured Fairytales Helen's Dome 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 6 pitches
The Divine Ms M. Acid Rock 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Sticks 'n' Stones Helen's Dome 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 7 pitches
Four Eyes Acid Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Fool's Gold Helen's Dome 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Unknown between Divine Miss… Acid Rock 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Tour de Platte Sheeprock > Velcro Wall 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Buffalo Soldier Helen's Dome 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, Sport
Riders in the Sky Sheeprock > Land that Time Forgot 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Sport 4 pitches
Solarian Sheeprock > Land that Time Forgot 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
Charley Don't Surf Acid Rock 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Shining Path Sunshine Dome 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Sandinista Acid Rock 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Heart of Darkness Sunshine Dome 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 3 pitches
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J. Albers
Colorado
J. Albers   Colorado
^^^^ yes, Molly Gulch is still closed. Just down the road is Goose Creek, which is still open (seasonally). See here:

fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/r… Mar 11, 2017
Is the campground still closed? If so what is the best nearby camping? Mar 11, 2017
Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Allen Hill   FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
How cool is that. Thanks for the news, Chris. May 31, 2010
Christopher Jones
Denver, Colorado
Christopher Jones   Denver, Colorado
The DOW along with the cooperation of the US Forest Service has moved 12 bighorn sheep into this area recently. Ten of the sheep have collars with a large letter on them to identify them. If you happen to see any of these critters and can identify the letters on the collars, please call the South Platte Ranger District (303)-275-5610 and let them know where you saw them. Thanks. Jan 21, 2010

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