The Pope's Nose Rock Climbing
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Convincing anyone that the Pope's Nose is worth thirteen miles of hiking may be cruxy. My aim is to help convince your skeptical friends.
The Yosemite-like smoothness and difficulty of the Pope's Nose tends to surprise the few climbers who visit. It is still a place to bring aiders and maybe even a ledge with a rain-fly.
Kris French on the first ascent of Arkansas Route by Mountainproject contributor Eggman.
ROUTE SUMMARY IMAGES
Updated image from Southwest Rock by David Kozak, 1985. Insectophobia should be renamed Moldy Hobos and will be once I have time to redraw the routes.
Flint Creek. Image by mountainproject. Contributor SamP.
From the Los Pinos River Trailhead, hike twelve miles up one of the longest, flattest, mountain-wilderness valleys in Colorado. A mile before Flint Creek the trail starts climbing. Soon after the left turn up Flint Creek the Pope's Nose can finally be seen (photo above). Less than two miles up the Flint Creek trail there is a nice campsite below the Pope's Nose. Finally, a steep aspen forest must be climbed and slippery slabs dodged on the way up to the base of the wall.
Pope's Nose approach map.
First scramble off the summit. Then descend Fern Gully to the slippery aspen forest (climber's right of summit). One party reported finding a rappel anchor that they could not safely get too (near the bottom). There is some consensus that this descent is awful!
Photo by mountainproject contributor Gary N.
It might be longer, but descending the west side, climber's left, seems worth a try.
Moose and bears inhabit this wilderness. One textbook notes that the Wemminuche Wilderness is the southernmost pocket of grizzly bear habitat.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Pope's Nose
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