Elevation: 9,687 ft
GPS: 39.61, -105.927 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James Garrett on Aug 5, 2010 · Updates
Admins: Joey Chicharrones, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Parking near private building and public bike path Details

Description

Porcupine Rock has a long and colorful climbing history; it was one of the earliest developed crags in the Keystone area. Though many have turned their heads toward other crags reputedly cleaner in nature, the short approach to great rock which just may require a bit of initial cleaning is hard to beat. The crag is never crowded, has long routes, and the rock quality actually better than rumor has it. 

Eds. Access to this crag is threatened by parking issues!

L->R:

A. Snowblind, 8, 1p.

B. Soul Chicken, 11, 1p, bolts.

C. Unknown, 10+ PG-13, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.

D. Eatin' Alive, 8, 1p.

E. Unknown Roof, 1p, TR.

F. Loose Goose, 9, 1p.

G. Weed Eater, 8, 1p.

H. The Quill, 10-, 1p, 90', bolts.

Getting There

Park at the same pulloff for Haus Rock. Walk back down the road to a large dirt parking lot (Powerline Lot) directly beneath Porcupine Rock. On the far side of the lot there is a rust colored building, get on the bike path just to the left of it. 

Walk down canyon on the bike path for about 200m until reaching an old mining road (may be marked by a wood cairn). Branch out right, and follow the casual trail/old road that leads towards Porcupine Rock. After 5 minutes, an old mine tailing pile is reached. Go straight up the steep hillside for 25m, then find a cairned footpath to the base of the rock. 

Per Brian Pappas: please do not park of the road in front of the climbing area! If you're going to climb Porcupine Rock, one needs to park at the Haus Rock legal parking area, and walk over to Porcupine. Continuous parking on the side of the road will ruin this for everyone. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Porcupine Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Five Oh Shadow
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Pull Up A Drill
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
The Quill
Sport
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Five Oh Shadow
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pull Up A Drill
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
The Quill
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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