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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 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
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 17 / 21 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 38
Sunshine Dome 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Weathering Heights Dome 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Whiskey Rocks 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9

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

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 22
Acid Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 70
Fractured Fairytales
Sport 6 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 14
The Divine Ms M.
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 11
Four Eyes
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Voodoo Ranger
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 17
Fool's Gold
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Unknown between Divine Miss M & Eroti…
Sport 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 14
Tour de Platte
Trad 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Anasazi Arete (Peter Hubbel Memorial)
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 5
Buffalo Soldier
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 12
Riders in the Sky
Sport 4 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Solarian
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 25
Charley Don't Surf
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Shining Path
Trad 4 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Heart of Darkness
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Acid Crack Sheeprock > Velcro Wall
 22
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Fractured Fairytales Helen's Dome
 70
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 6 pitches
The Divine Ms M. Acid Rock
 14
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Four Eyes Acid Rock
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Voodoo Ranger Helen's Dome
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fool's Gold Helen's Dome
 17
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Unknown between Divine Miss… Acid Rock
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Tour de Platte Sheeprock > Velcro Wall
 14
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Anasazi Arete (Peter Hubbel… Sheeprock > Land that Time Forgot
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Buffalo Soldier Helen's Dome
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, Sport
Riders in the Sky Sheeprock > Land that Time Forgot
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Sport 4 pitches
Solarian Sheeprock > Land that Time Forgot
 11
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
Charley Don't Surf Acid Rock
 25
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Shining Path Sunshine Dome
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Heart of Darkness Sunshine Dome
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 3 pitches
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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
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
Is the campground still closed? If so what is the best nearby camping? Mar 11, 2017
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

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