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Arrow Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,803'
Location: 37.6979, -107.6111 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Matthias Holladay on Apr 11, 2012
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Vestal's neighbor, Arrow Peak, is almost equally spectacular. Prior to the revelation of an unroped route up its north side in the 1960s, it was thought to be the most difficult major mountain in Colorado to climb. Seen from Molas Pass, Arrow has the similar, sweep-ish grandeur of Vestal, and most climbers will follow the easier regular route on one of two prominent ribs on the northeast side.

Getting There 

Use the same approach options as Vestal Peak.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Arrow Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Arrow Peak:
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches   
Arrow Spire   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1500'   
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Featured Route For Arrow Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch.

Arrow Spire 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Arrow Peak
This is one of the best routes in the San Juans (that I've done at least). The first pitch is the cruz and is an amazing 5.8 dihedral for 200+ft. Second pitch is runout on easy climbing and then works through some overhangs. The rest of the climb kicks back and is 5.6 at the hardest. Working around the towers before the summit of the spire is fun and exposed. We rapped into the notch and got socked in by a nasty thunderstorm. It didn't relent so we had to bail down the horrendously loose g...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Kawkatie10
Jun 27, 2016
Hey there,
This is a bit of a stretch, but I lost a Mythos 41.5 shoe on Arrow on 6/25/16. Even more of a stretch is the sling I also lost (slightly green and white). We were in a tight spot at the top when static electricity started snapping all over the rocks next to us, and we had to bail quickly. If you did find such gear, please email me at
Thanks, Katie

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