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Eureka Pillar Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 37.87688, -107.56991 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Lee Frazer on Jun 2, 2009
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600' quartzite wall. AKA "Eureka Tower." Kind of a big steepish ramp. Some loose rock. Exposed. Secluded.

Getting There 

The Eureka Pillar is located to the lookers left of the deep canyon by the old mill at Eureka.

See the photos posted under Gold Digger.

Climbing Season

For the Silverton area area.

Weather station 7.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Eureka Pillar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eureka Pillar:
Hardrock Miner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 5 pitches, 600'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jess on the airy last belay.

Hardrock Miner 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Silverton area : ... : Eureka Pillar
I first learned of this route after seeing this article by Durango climber, Jared Ogden. Though he listed it as a Grade III, experienced multi pitch climbers will find it closer to Grade II. Beware of loose rock, and some infamous San Juan choss, in spots. [Warning: Unless you have experience on multi-pitch climbs, do not attempt this. Friends and I've seen sever...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Jun 9, 2009
Intriguing. Any better location or road info?

From the old mill ruins, does 'looker's left' mean the Tower is farther up Eureka Gulch (west of the mill); above or below the road?
Or does 'looker's left' mean that the Tower is even farther left (south), down the west side of the Animas River canyon?

Is the tower visible in this old photo?
or on this topo?
By Lee Frazer
From: Durango, Colorado
Jun 11, 2009
Chris, I'm going to try to get up there in the next 3 days to climb these routes. Will take a camera and note pad to take down better directions ...and then post to MP! Stay tuned.
By Rob Schichtel
From: Cortez, CO
Jun 24, 2009
8 miles.
By Lee Frazer
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 8, 2009
My apologies, but I did not climb this, so I'm awaiting more beta. Turns out I climbed the 5.9 at Goldrush last summer and not the 5.7 here. My apologies.
By Nate R. Smith
Jul 29, 2009
I posted some photos to show where Gold Digger starts. I hope this helps!
By Lee Frazer
From: Durango, Colorado
Aug 3, 2009
Cool, Nate. Thanks!
By JWQ Qualls
From: Durango, Co
Aug 26, 2010
I am pretty sure I climbed Gold Digger a couple weeks ago. If so, as you are driving north into the Eureka mining area, the wall is looker's left as you pass over the bridge. Just after you pass over the bridge in the Eureka mining settlement, hike down the west side of the river a few hundred yards, then find the climb at the top of the scree field. The bolts are pretty hard to find, but they are there in the very back left of the shallow valley. I have some pictures taken from where we camped that might help. I will try to get them up soon.
By JWQ Qualls
From: Durango, Co
Aug 26, 2010
Chris, if you are looking at the photo, you have the pillar can not be seen it is a few hundred yards further left. I would guess it to be close to the lot or pavilion area on the topo map you have pictured.
By Jonathan "Badger" Mitchell
Aug 1, 2013
Did Hard Rock Miner. Great route with mostly good rock and well bolted. This entire route could be simul-climbed. There is one move of 5.8 at a bolt with the majority being 5.5 climbing. Super fun!

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