Elevation: 13,628 ft
GPS: 37.67, -107.548 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nic Harnish on Jul 12, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The North and West Faces offer mostly solid quartzite climbing. The only published routes I know of are found in the AAJ (Jim Beyer apparently put up an 18 pitch 5.7, and there is a 5.10 A1 put up by Rex Wolters). The basin that lies at the foot of the northern flanks of The Silex is beautiful with running water and easy access to the mountain. There are also two other grand peaks on either side of the Silex, The Guardian to the East and Storm King to the West. All offer great multi-pitch alpine rock climbs in a beautiful wilderness setting. There is lots of first ascent potential!

Getting There

In summer, the easiest approach is to take Stony Pass (4WD) either from Silverton or Creede.

From Silverton:

Drive northeast on Highway 110 out of Silverton about 4 miles and turn right on Colorado 4 Rd. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn left on 3 Rd. towards Stoney Pass. Drive approximately 8 miles on a rough high clearance road (4x4 recommended) over Stoney Pass and down to the intersection of FR 506 to Kite Lake. Take a right on FR 506 and drive approximately 6 miles to the trailhead which will be on your left about 1/2 mile before arriving at Kite Lake. There is a very small parking lot at the trailhead but there are other places to park before and after the trailhead.(summitpost.org/mountain/roc…).

From the trailhead, hike up and over Hunchback Pass and down into the forested valley where the Vallecito Creek trail continues to run south. If you can't find the mountain from here, I'm sorry. The full approach from the trailhead is approximately seven miles.

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