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Routes in (xx) Indian Ridge

Leaning Brave, Pale Face T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Squaw Rock, Spiral T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a X
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Indian Ridge is the distant skyline visible to the North from various summits in the main Smith Rock area. The Ridge is home to the iconic "Squaw Rock". It has been said that you cannot call your self a true Smith hardman until you have ascended this remote spire.

The routes here are full-on adventure climbs. All routes feature little to no gear (which is good news for the approach hike), an hour-plus walk, and complete solitude.

Getting There

The quickest, most legal approach seems to be to head over Asterix Pass from the main area, follow the river trail past the Monkey, then up on to the plateau above the rimrock after passing the Kiss of the Lepers cliffs. From here, head NE to the exit of the Canal tunnel, then follow the canal to the next tunnel (under Gunsight rock). Start scrambling up Indian Ridge at this point, aiming for the lowest pinnacle on the ridge, Gunsight rock. Squaw Rock is further on up the ridge. Various lesser spires dot the hill slopes on either side of the ridge. Most of these smaller spires are forgettable, but some offer excellent climbing.

It seems that the entire Indian Ridge area is located on public property, unlike Mendenhall Ridge, so there should not be access issues. However, this is the wild west, so its probably best to keep a low profile just in case.

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Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
It appears you could approach Squaw Rock, et al, from the Skull Hollow Campground up Forest Road 5720, and make for a much shorter approach. Has anyone attempted this? It would deposit you near the canal and save the hike from the main area. Jun 20, 2013

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