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Hanging Gardens

5.6, Sport, 2 pitches,  Avg: 2.3 from 35 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Colorado Springs > N Cheyenne Canyon > Flying Buttress
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Hanging Garden is a nice route of moderate difficulty. It has a little bit of loose rock on it. Nothing to worry about too much.

Pitch 1 - Head straight up from the tree on the ledge. Work your way up an arete, changing sides. Jog sharply to the left to the anchor.

Pitch 2 - Wander straight up to anchors.


Mostly quickdraws with the addition of a few stoppers could make a nice rack for this route. To get off the route you do 2 single rope rappels or 1 200' rappel.

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Sara leading pitch 2.
[Hide Photo] Sara leading pitch 2.
Looking up at 'Hanging Gardens' from the starting tree.
[Hide Photo] Looking up at 'Hanging Gardens' from the starting tree.
All of the bolts are in similar condition.  Not bad for the age, if Green put these up on the FA.
[Hide Photo] All of the bolts are in similar condition. Not bad for the age, if Green put these up on the FA.
Hanging Gardens from the belay station.
[Hide Photo] Hanging Gardens from the belay station.
John starting out on "Hanging Gardens".
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Julian Smith
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Actually, I got it backwards. The anchors for the first pitch are straight up. On the second pitch, go up then sharply left. Continue angling up to the left to reach the anchors on a loose ledge, at the top of the second pitch. Each anchor consists of two bolts, one with a chain and one with a quicklink. May 12, 2002
[Hide Comment] I did the first ascent of this route with Martha Morris over a couple days in May of 1999. It did require a bit of cleaning in a few spots. An old 1960s route climbed up the rotten corner to the left of pitch 1 and right of pitch 2. I pulled most of the old pins out and put the route on the cleaner faces. I recommend this as one of the best longer beginner routes in the Pikes Peak region...with easy access, good pro, fun climbing, and some exposure on the upper part. I did toprope and partially bolt a pitch 3 on the steep headwall above belay 2. It goes about .10a but still needs some bolts. Bring a rack of medium stoppers for the first pitch as it has only bolts. Dec 4, 2002
[Hide Comment] We did this route last summer. The main difficulty was finding the start of the climb. I studied the cliffs for quite a while from the parking lot while comparing with Stewart Green's guide, found here:…

Once we found it, the route was a lot of fun. Very well-protected, Stewart! Pitch 2 was especially enjoyable.

The only drag was dealing with a stuck rope...and prusik looping 200 feet back up... Feb 4, 2007
Erik Tullberg
Colorado Springs
[Hide Comment] Nathan and I did this route about a month ago. Watch out for the HUGE fire ant farm at the base. We set a belay about 10' up just to avoid the ants. I rated it 3 stars for the view - canyon view plus the city to the northeast. Well worth the climb. If you want something a tad harder, there's a 5.9 just to the left that uses the same 2nd pitch top anchors. We thought about going up to the 3rd pitch, but were unsure what we'd find since it appears to be a work in progress. Jun 22, 2008
Nathan Van Horn
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] The Antz are cool if you stay close to the base, one nut is good between the first and second bolt on the first pitch. Love this route you can take beginners and they wont freak, I will dub it "The Date Route" Sep 21, 2008
Derek W
[Hide Comment] A fun climb but be prepared to be attacked by ants if you start at the tree and it's warm out. We climbed this once in March and it was great, once in May and the ants tried to eat us alive. Besides that, a very fun and easier climb. May 18, 2009
Rich F.
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Fun, easy beginner climb. No ants at the base today. Like Nathan said, the hardest part is finding the start. Great position at the anchors for beautiful views. Oct 24, 2010
Daniel H Bryant
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Led both pitches today, was fun.

There is a big, loose rock/boulder just above the first pitch anchors. I found this when I tested a cam placement to back up the bolts. I ended up climbing and standing on this boulder to complete the climb. Anyways, this boulder would wreck anything in it's way, so be extra conscious of it when climbing.

Descent is one of two options from the top anchors: take a pendulum rappel to Hanging Gardens first anchors then down straight, or down straight to Supersonics first anchors and then take a pendulum to the starting tree. My partner and I did the latter, using a 70m we had plenty of tail for both rappels. Nov 29, 2014
Lafayette, CO
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The spot where the large loose rock was above 1st belay. The rock was trundled today and did not touch the anchors or other bolts.
Mar 22, 2017
Joe Kalis
[Hide Comment] Climbed on 9/24/23 - a fun route overall. I took a newer climber up for an intro to multi-pitch. Both anchors were present and still in good condition. Sep 25, 2023
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] I highly recommend rappelling the sport route climber's left. Trying to rap Hanging Hardens forces a hard traverse to the P1 anchor that could swing you smashing into the cliff. Apr 22, 2024