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Archangel S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Saint Peter S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Elevation: 7,233 ft
GPS: 39.745, -105.403 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Furthermore on Feb 13, 2018
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Located high on the cliff above the Graveyard and Death Valley, The Pearly Gates currently offers two powerful routes. Due to their overhanging nature, it's recommended to warm up on a few climbs at the Graveyard or Death Valley before making the short hike up the hill to the crag.

The Pearly Gates absorb sunlight longer than the Graveyard or Death Valley as the crag is south-facing and high above the river, making it an ideal option for cold winter days. Despite a little longer approach, this crag offers an uncrowded, quiet and beautiful setting.

L->R:

A. Archangel, 11-, 1p, 65', bolts.
B. Saint Peter, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.

Getting There

From the Catslab parking area, hike east (downriver) on the Peaks to Plains Trail. Follow the bike path/trail for about 0.5 mile as the path makes a large U turn and starts heading back west. Before heading back west on the bike path, locate and follow the trail to the base of Death Valley.

At the base of the cliff for Death Valley, instead of hiking left to the routes at Death Valley, hike right and try to locate an old trail (old approach for Morning Glory?) on the south end of the cliff near some talus. Try to follow this old trail as it contours above Death Valley and back west to the obvious overhung cliff (Pearly Gates) high on the hill.

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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Saint Peter
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Saint Peter
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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John RB
Superior, CO
John RB   Superior, CO
Was on the Peaks-to-Plains trail today, and I got about halfway around the bend and could see a cliff at the very top of the mountain with this orange-ish coloration. Is this Pearly Gates? It looked like it was "way" up there! What's the estimated time to approach, starting from Catslab parking? May 3, 2018
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
John, it is WAY up there, but the approach is not too bad. Maybe 30 minutes from Catslab parking, but I'm not a fast hiker.... May 4, 2018

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