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The Cathedral Spires area, including Block Tower, Cynical Pinnacle, Snake Buttress, the Dome, Hall of Mirrors, Sunshine Wall, and Poe Buttress, are closed annually starting March 1 for raptor nesting. After careful monitoring of nest sites, Jefferson County Open Space opens certain areas of Cathedral Spires and maintain spot closures for active nests through July 31st. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates: jeffco.us/open-space/parks/…
Note, JeffCo Open Space has notified us that access to The Bishop and Poop Point (along with all the Cathedral Spires Area) currently goes across JeffCo OS land. Despite information in some guidebooks (published or soon-to-be-published), the entire Cathedral Spires area is subject raptor nesting closures. Please be aware of the hefty fines associated with failure to observe these regulations.
Steep 5.10 crack and face climbing take you to a stance below the crux. Luckily, it has three fixed pins because it is helpful having both hands available to stay on the rock through the technical crux section. Note that one of these pins fell out recently and has been replaced with a bolt.
Tie off the small tree because the next bit of gear above the pins is small and not particularly confidence building. Be brave because 1/2 move higher gets you some good cams. Save some juice for the sting in the tail before the anchor. 80'.
Edit to add: The tree has been slowly prying off the flake that it rests in so slinging the tree for protection is not advised.