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Heaven's Gate

Colorado > S Platte > Elevenmile Canyon
Warning Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures January 1- July 31st, 2016-2021 DetailsDrop down

Description

Tucked away south of Elevenmile Canyon proper, Heaven's Gate will make a sport climber's dreams come true. This secluded and uncrowded area is all sport climbing on solid, overhanging granite, with awesome patinas, slopers, and beautiful crimps. Plus, the approaches are no longer than 10 minutes. Heaven's Gate became a reality after Nathan and Lauren Hollingsworth discovered it with Ben Schmitt, Brian Rhodes, Scott Hahn, Perri Rothweiler, and Logan Davis developing this crag heavily over the summer of 2010.

You will find no trouble camping here with no fees or access issues. Most routes have chain anchors with fairly optimal belaying. Classic routes are Intercontinental, Shotgun Pinata, and Fight or Flight to name a few. For the ambitious type, there are plenty of sweet open projects and bouldering here to be sent so get on it quick!!

And on your way out don't forget to grab a Flow-storm or a Mountain Burger at the small gas station (the one with the "Beer Store" sign). Finally, with Ben's permission, I provide this data, so ALL credit goes to him and the folks aforementioned and his new book -- Eleven Miles to Freedom: The Rock Climber's Guide to Elevenmile Canyon

Getting There

The following is verbatim from Ben's guidebook: "take Co Rd 96 out of Lake George (which turns into FS 244 past the fork which leads to entrance of the main canyon), all the way around Blue Mountain where it rejoins Co Rd 98 at a large fork. Continue up the small hill, and"

per Chris toph take the first right turn you reach heading down a small dirt road,

"and take the right fork onto FS 244 (the left fork leads to the Circle C Ranch). Follow this for 0.4 miles, cross a seasonal puddle, and turn left immediately after that onto FS 244A for 0.2 miles, through a meadow where the road splits for 40 feet then rejoins, and turn left on FS 244B. Continue up the fill for 0.5 miles to where the road dead ends at a cul-de-sac and the parking for the crags."

*Note: you will want to take a vehicle with high clearance.

Per Rich F.: from Colorado Springs from US Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good roads cuts the corner off from Florissant to Lake George, saving about 5 miles of driving. Once on FS-244, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the remainder of the drive.

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Ben Schmitt's "<em>Eleven Miles to Freedom: The Rock Climber's Guide to Elevenmile Canyon</em>" book.
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Step hen
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] Great area, especially the Plebeian Wall. Anyone know anything about the short routes on the boulder closest to the parking area? Jul 6, 2011
Lauren Fallsoffrocks
A beach with climbing
[Hide Comment] There is more rock out there near Heaven's Gate. This weekend I'll be doing some exploring.... Sep 22, 2011
Rich F.
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Alternate directions to save a few minutes if coming from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24:
-- From Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good roads cuts the corner off from Florissant to Lake George, saving about 5 miles of driving. Once on FS-244, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the remainder of the drive. Jun 5, 2013
Lauren Colizza
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dr. Dre
Manitou Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Found some gear at Heaven's Gate last weekend. If you left something there, Pmail me at fiedlerac@gmail.com with a description of what it is, and I'll do my best to get it back to you. Aug 5, 2016
Seth Finkelstein
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] Can anyone confirm whether 4WD is needed to get to Heaven's Gate? The guidebook doesn't mention it. Jun 11, 2020
Zach W
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Bumping Seth's question... I've got a stock CRV. Is that enough clearance, or does one need a true off-road setup to get back here with incident? Aug 17, 2021
[Hide Comment] The roads aren't that bad. Jun 9, 2022
Steven Lico
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] Does anyone have intel about the routes bolted on the crag alongside approach to Inception/Plebian?
On a related note, does anyone have intel on the route just a little south of the Inception Wall? It can be seeing from the trail and looks similar to London Arete? Jul 9, 2023
[Hide Comment] Hi Steven,

There are three routes on the approach to the Inception Wall. The left one was bolted in 2011, and I climbed it but never named it. It’s around mid-10. The other two on the right I put in a few weeks ago. The left one is maybe 5.8, and the right one is maybe 5.6? They are bolted for the new leader but don’t have names yet. Jul 10, 2023
Steven Lico
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] Thank you, B. Haus, for the intel and great climbs! Aug 7, 2023
Chris toph
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Just a heads up, as of May 2024, there is no big sign for Circle C ranch. Take the first right turn after driving up the hill from the big fork. It's kind of small, but you won't miss it.

Also, after crossing the seasonal puddle, you actually turn left onto FS 242 for fifty feet which then quickly becomes 244A. Aside from those two things, the directions to the crag are accurate. May 22, 2024