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North Lake South

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North Lake South Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bryan Gartland on Apr 17, 2003
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The southern crags at North Lake offer a handful of short but quality trad and sport climbs between 5.6 and 5.10d. The developed routes are found on two main walls separated by a 5-10 minute walk. The Truckstop, with some of the best rock in the area, is on the western face of the Stonewall and is home to one sport route and three trad lines. The Ripplemark Wall is on the east side of the formation and has two moderate sport routes on rock reminiscent of limestone.

Getting There 

The main parking area for North Lake is located approx. .5 mile up Forest Service road 34 (or 345?); but a one to two car pullout a short way off the pavement on the left, just after a cattle guard, actually offers the most convenient approach to the southern crags. To reach the parking areas from the town of Stonewall (or the south) turn left off Highway 12 just before coming into view of the lake onto the Forest Service road (34 or 345) which leads to the Purgatorie Campground. From the first pullout, walk about 40 feet up the road and then head steeply up the hill to the right on a faint trail for about 10 minutes. Do not take the more obvious old road cut to the north. The Ripplemark Wall is reached by following the trail south upon reaching the rock, around the south end of the Stonewall with a little scrambling, and then heading north below the east side the wall through oak for about 200 feet. Two sport routes are on the tall grayish wall on the left, below a red colored, ripple marked wall. The Truckstop is reached by following the trail left upon reaching the rock and contouring up and north below shorter sections of the wall. The routes are located about 5 minutes past the fork on the right on the first obvious tall and clean section. One line of bolts heads up a clean wall with several cracks on both sides.

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7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: El Segundo, North Lake, 2002.

El Segundo 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Spanish Peaks : ... : North Lake South
Follows the left of the two lines on the Ripplemark Wall past 4 bolts. The second bolt is a bit misplaced. Rappel from the chains or down climb over the back of the lower fin and scramble south and west to the trail....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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