Trail Lake Pinnacle AKA Goliath Spire Rock Climbing
Routes in Trail Lake Pinnacle AKA Goliath Spire
|Behemoth T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c|
|Clean Cut T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Larsen Aid Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1+|
|Mini Moses S,TR 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Mountaineer's Route S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Pleasant Surprise T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Shadow Dihedral T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Spring Fever S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Technicality S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Tourist Route T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a|
|Wide One, The T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|YTP Crack T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|GPS:||43.44, -109.545 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||Eli Boardman on Jul 14, 2017|
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DescriptionThis is an imposing sandstone pinnacle high to the west of the inlet to Trail Lake in the Torrey Creek Valley. It has approximately 50 feet of prominence to its western saddle, but the east and south faces are much larger and complex. The first recorded ascent was on February 21, 1971, by Joe Larsen. It has a summit register that shows a few ascents a year in recent years. There is a double bolt rap anchor with chains on the summit. As far as I can tell, the easiest route to the summit is "Mountaineer's Route," 5.8+.
The majority of climbs are actually on a partially separated buttress on the lower southeast corner of the pinnacle. When hiking up from the road, this small buttress--and its two bolted lines--is the first thing you run into when arriving at the base of the rock. Find the two bolt lines, Spring Fever and Technicality, and then get oriented to find the other routes.
Private Property Details
The approach road (County Road 411/Trail Lake Road) runs through private land on an easement from the Whiskey Basin wildlife reserve to the public campground at the head of Ring Lake. It is illegal to leave the road without permission from the landowners in this area except for the boat ramp at Torrey Lake provided on a goodwill basis.
Getting ThereFrom U.S. 287 outside Dubois, take C.R. 411 Trail Lake Road to the pullout at the head of Trail Lake. Stay on the road as you pass through the private property on Torrey Lake and Ring Lake. From the pullout at the head of Trail Lake, hike steeply uphill to the west until the pinnacle towers overhead.
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