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This amazing granite spire rises proudly above Elk Falls. The 40 meter Chimney Route is the easiest way to the summit.
The sport climb Frances' Secret Handshake offers a fantastic alternative to lugging in the trad rack and the six mile approach will make you think twice about your decision for sure.

Getting There 

Make your way to the Elk Falls Pond cabin on North Elk Creek. If you take the Bugling Elk Trail, the walk is pretty flat. It can be ridden by mountain bike fairly easily.

The Marmot Pass and Scout Line Trails cross over the ridge above depositing you at the cabin as well. They're harder but worth hiking to check out the terrain.

From the cabin head uphill on the road directly behind, The Lion's Back Trail. After you go up the hill a bit, take a left on the new Chimney Rock Trail. A very pleasant stroll for a mile and bit more takes you to the Elk Falls spur trail which drops to the base of the spire on it's way to Elk Falls. A short scramble through trees on the North side gets you to the the rock and the three established routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Chimney Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chimney Rock:
Frances' Secret Handshake   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 165'   
The Learning Curve   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For Chimney Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Tyson Ferryman.

Frances' Secret Handshake 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Chimney Rock
This route is dedicated to Frances Hornbrook Staunton, whose generous contribution led to the creation of Staunton State Park.The climb gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Onsighting this route will test your 5.11 skill set for sure. Climbing the first pitch, you encounter very steep rock with tricky roof, thin face, and delicate slab cruxes. This can be a very demanding climb. With a little luck, you might even discover the secret handshake. If you're gunning for the summi...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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