Elevation: 9,505 ft
GPS: 38.929, -104.956 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 4,123 total · 1,202/month
Shared By: Bob Choss on Nov 14, 2019
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Parking Details

Description

This is a large area of Pike National Forest with clusters of granite boulders and some small outcroppings offering a few trad and TR opportunities. Far from a destination for climbers, this area is a fun day of 'adventure climbs' for Colorado Springs and Woodland Park locals. Most of the rock is quite chossy, but there are many high quality lines with good movement on cleaner stone here - everything from butt-draggers to classic highballing. There are no established trails, and strong LNT ethics should be used when visiting. Though this is forest land that is open to public, there is a private summer day camp called Eagle Lake just past the small summit to the north.

Getting There

Please only park in designated areas. See "Parking" above.

From Garden of the Gods Park: watching mileage from the start of the dirt on Rampart Range road go 12 miles until a small summit is visible on the right side of the road. The main area is on the southern saddle below the small summit.

From Woodland Park: take Rampart Range Road (300) south towards Rampart Reservoir. Eventually you will pass a fork at Road 303. Continue straight on 300 for another mile or so past Eagle Lake Camp. The small summit and saddle are just south of the summer camp on the left side of road 300. From the road, hike up hill to the top of the saddle, ~5-10 minutes. It takes quite a bit of hiking and navigating to get around, and I have been as accurate as I can with the map points which should help a lot for some of the more obscure rocks. There are no established trails as of yet. Practice leave no trace ethics.

The small summit seen from Road 300.

Seasonal Road Closure

Per Forest Service website:
"
  • Rampart Range Recreation Area roads and trails are closed annually by December 1 and remain closed throughout the winter.
  • Roads and trails reopen when conditions are favorable for summer recreation. A target date is April 1, but weather conditions may delay opening until late-May pursuant to a "mud-season" closure order.  The closure order is in effect April 1-May 31 annually, to provide resource protection for all National Forest System roads & trails in the Recreation Area"

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