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Elk Creek Spires Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.51653, -105.4042 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike Morin on Jan 26, 2013  with updates from Kirk Miller
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Description 

These sit east of Lion's Head on the far west end of the park.

Getting There 

Hike or bike from the trailhead on Staunton Ranch trail until it turns into Bugling Elk. Follow Bugling Elk to the Elk Pond Cabin, and bushwhack due south along an old road. The road eventually peters out, and you will have to continue cross country to the crags.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Elk Creek Spires

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