Monument Rock Rock Climbing
Monument Rock's south side.
Monument Rock is the prominent white, sandstone tower seen near the town of Monument west of I-25. It is composed of the worst quality rock possible to climb on. You can drill a bolt in its sandstone flanks in 30 seconds and pull it out with your hands. You can pound pitons and pull them out with a slight tug, no matter how good they seem. Many people say that the Fisher Towers of Utah have the worst rock quality for climbing, but Monument Rock is worse. The climbing is extreme, not because of difficulty, but because it takes a complete mastery of bad rock to get up it. Virtually no protection will hold a long fall.
Having said this, Monument Rock is a classic formation. Its history goes back to its first ascent in 1966 via the South Face route. It has only been climbed a few times, according to the summit register.
Monument Rock is the large, white tower to the west of I-25 near the town of Monument (just north of Colorado Springs). From I-25, take Exit 161 into Monument. After crossing to the west side of the highway, go a short distance (maybe a 1/4 mile) before turning left on 3rd Street. Follow 3rd as it curves around and heads south, then take a right on 2nd Street and cross the train tracks. 2nd Street immediately comes to a T-intersection. Turn left on Mitchell Ave. Follow this until you turn right onto Mt. Herman Road. Park in a turnout about a quarter mile after Mt. Herman Road turns to a dirt road. Walk down the hill south to the obvious white sandstone tower. This is Monument Rock.
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Monument Rock
Mudolomania 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: Denver South
: Monument Rock
Mudolomania begins in an easy, shallow, right-facing dihedral on the South Face of Monument Tower. I am not sure, but the first five to ten feet might be shared with the South Face route. Some easy scrambling leads to progressively harder, loose beaking through a bulge that is up and right from the start. There is a very large loose flake, so tread lightly. The rock in general is very loose, and ledge fall potential abounds. Eventually work up to a ledge where four number one beaks can be u...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: West end of the south side. This is the "rou...
Monument Rock from the north side.
BETA PHOTO: Fixed (?) rope, south face. Not sure how it is an...
BETA PHOTO: Fixed webbing and (bail?) biner, south side.
By Dan Russell
Feb 12, 2002
Also, the summit register (which at one time existed) indicated that there was a route put up on the north face, a couple of years after the first ascent. Anybody heard anything about this?
By Jeremy Hakes
From: Golden, Colorado
Apr 18, 2008
Went and touched the rock yesterday, 4.17.08. I would likely never give this thing a shot. You can literally crumble the rock under hand pressure - grab some, compress, watch as it blows out. Maybe with drilled pins you could aid it, but why degrade the rock?
By Evan Wiggans
Jun 2, 2016
Went today to observe and report. As it was stated before, the rock still stands but in crass condition. The surface crumbles to the touch, however the north-west side, protected by a moat, seems much more intact and actually holds under weight in sections.
NW side of Monument Rock.
This looks like such a cool climb, had it not been so loose.