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Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Referred to as the "Inner Platte" in some guidebooks, this area has the South Platte's largest collection of granite domes. The settings are generally very pleasant and the approaches short. Areas definitely worth visiting include: Sheep Rock, Helen's Dome, Baby Helen and Acid Rock.

The climbing, the quality and texture of the rock is somewhat unlike that of the rest of the Platte. Knobs, feldspar crystals and dyke's provide superb friction and face climbing. Its similar but much more featured than the climbing compared to The Dome in the Catherdral Spires area. Helen's Dome and Acid rock also have some good crack climbs as well.

The Molly Gulch Campground is closed indefinitely due to the Hayman Fire. Please see the USFS for details.

Getting There 

Please refer to the individual areas for specific details on how to find them.

Campground information 

Click here: fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/reca....

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

83 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',6],['5.8',9],['5.9',15],['5.10',30],['5.11',12],['5.12',4],['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 Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground:
Acid Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Sheeprock : Velcro Wall
Fractured Fairytales   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 6 pitches, 800'   Helen's Dome
The Divine Ms M.   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches   Acid Rock
Four Eyes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 350'   Acid Rock
Face Value   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Helen's Dome
Beam Me Up, Scotty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Helen's Dome
Sticks 'n' Stones   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Helen's Dome
Fool's Gold   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   Helen's Dome
Unknown between Divine Miss M & Erotic Plants   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 370'   Acid Rock
Knossos   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Buffalo Tears   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Helen's Dome
Tour de Platte   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 900'   Sheeprock : Velcro Wall
Buffalo Soldier   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Helen's Dome
Riders in the Sky   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Sport, 4 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Solarian   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Charley Don't Surf   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Acid Rock
Ankar Gate   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Shining Path   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   Sunshine Dome
Sandinista   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Acid Rock
Heart of Darkness   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 3 pitches   Sunshine Dome
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

Featured Route For Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Noel Childs engaging the RP protected crux.

Heart of Darkness 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Sunshine Dome
Climb the somewhat vegetated crack about 100 feet right of French Curve. Belay on the slab below the roof. Continue up the 5.11 slab to the roof, pull through and face climb the 5.12, RP protected seam to its end. Belay on a scenic dike stance. Wander up the sparsely bolted face and run it out to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A little bit of rock.
A little bit of rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their p...
Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their p...
Rock Climbing Photo: The massif from FR 211.
The massif from FR 211.
Rock Climbing Photo: South of Hellen's Dome is the Hidden Valley Slab. ...
BETA PHOTO: South of Hellen's Dome is the Hidden Valley Slab. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden Valley from above Goose Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Valley from above Goose Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Goose Creek is awesome. Worth the trip...but keep ...
Goose Creek is awesome. Worth the trip...but keep ...
Rock Climbing Photo: One more shoot of the awesome formation!
One more shoot of the awesome formation!
Rock Climbing Photo: Sheep Rock Massif comprises Helen's Dome, Baby Hel...
BETA PHOTO: Sheep Rock Massif comprises Helen's Dome, Baby Hel...
Rock Climbing Photo: The log crossing just up stream from the old campg...
The log crossing just up stream from the old campg...
Rock Climbing Photo: OK guys, you put in a lot of work, what do you cal...
BETA PHOTO: OK guys, you put in a lot of work, what do you cal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden Valley view.
Hidden Valley view.

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By Christopher Jones
From: Denver, Colorado
Jan 21, 2010
The DOW along with the cooperation of the US Forest Service has moved 12 bighorn sheep into this area recently. Ten of the sheep have collars with a large letter on them to identify them. If you happen to see any of these critters and can identify the letters on the collars, please call the South Platte Ranger District (303)-275-5610 and let them know where you saw them. Thanks.
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
May 31, 2010
How cool is that. Thanks for the news, Chris.
By Dlent lent
Mar 11, 2017
Is the campground still closed? If so what is the best nearby camping?
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Mar 11, 2017
^^^^ yes, Molly Gulch is still closed. Just down the road is Goose Creek, which is still open (seasonally). See here:

fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/reca...

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