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Key's Point Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: The Gray Tradster on Jul 7, 2003


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A little bird told me Randy was looking for some info on this one. Key's Point is the prominent formation visible from the Key's Corner parking lot, to the right and uphill from Outward Bound Slab, and almost directly east of Hidden Dome on the other side of the drainage. Northing 376820 +- Easting 57660 +- (from the Indian Cove 1972 topo). We named it for the view of Keys Ranch from the top. (It must have been the first thing he saw every morning.) From the survey lines on the topo, it appears that the restricted Keys Ranch area starts a few hundred yards south of this peak. All of the routes are on the side facing north, away from the ranch, and it would be wise to keep it that way. The south side of the rock didn't appear to have much potential anyway!

Getting There 

From the Key's Corner parking lot spot the highest appearing peak just right of the rest of the Outward Bound Slab/Hidden Dome complex. Go past the Financial Wall and up the largest drainage a little past the right end of the Outward Bound Slab. If you cross an old barbed wire fence you've gone to far south. The rock is on the right side at the top of the saddle.

Climbing Season

For the North Wonderland Approach area.

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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By Kelly Corbin
Jan 18, 2016
I'd suggest hiking past Outward Bound on the left and past Financial Wall on the right. You even pass Convenience Store before getting to the correct drainage. We hiked up the drainage that seemed just past the right end of Outward Bound Slab and we went for one heck of a hike. You actually hike a couple hundred feet past Outward Bound Slab before reaching the correct rock gulley to hike up north. From there its a good scramble to the base of Key's Point.
By Murf
Jan 19, 2016
The convince store is in the drainage on the way up to Keys View. If you turn in directly past Outward Bound Slab you'd be headed for Greenhorn Dome. When you're looking directly at Keys View turn up the drainage.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Feb 24, 2016
Key's Point, Key's Corner, Key's Ranch, Key's View. That Bill Keys certainly was a busy guy. This is getting nearly as convoluted as the poodle climbs. The area is called Key's Point, not Key's View. Key's View is much further south, past Cap Rock.

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