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Parking near private building and public bike path


This crag is never crowded, has long routes, and the rock quality actually better than rumor has it.


A. Snowblind, 8, 1p.
B. Soul Chicken, 11, 1p, bolts.
C. Unknown, 10+ PG-13, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
D. Eatin' Alive, 8, 1p.
E. Unknown Roof, 1p, TR.
F. Loose Goose, 9, 1p.
G. Weed Eater, 8, 1p.
H. The Quill, 10-, 1p, 90', bolts.

Getting There 

Porcupine Rock has a long and colorful climbing history. Though many have turned their heads toward other crags reputedly cleaner in nature, the short approach to great rock which just may require a bit of initial cleaning is hard to beat.

Park underneath the rock about 1 mile from the turn onto Montezuma Road.

Others may approach differently, however, I prefer to walk down canyon on the bike path for about 200m until reaching an old mining road (may be marked by a wood cairn). Branch out right and follow the casual trail/old road that leads towards Porcupine Rock. After 5 minutes, an old mine tailing pile is reached. go straight up the steep hillside for 25m, then find a cairned footpath to the base of the Rock.

Climbing Season

For the Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma area.

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Porcupine Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Porcupine Rock:
The Quill   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Quill from the bike path tucked into the trees...

The Quill 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Colorado : Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma : Porcupine Rock
May become popular if other offerings are deemed available in this area. Very short approach in a quiet and pleasant area of Summit County. Well-protected.Pitch #1: After finding the Quill, climb the steepest and longest aspect following bolts through 3 distinct overhangs to a two-bolt belay. 5.10a, 25m....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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From: Boulder, Colorado
Aug 15, 2010
There are some sick lines up the trail a bit further from The Quill. A 10+ arete (5 draws and a #2 BD) and a spooky 11c: starts above a cave on a 30ft run out (5.9 chimney), bring a #1 BD and 8 draws. Oh yeah, the only bomber gear is the #1 and a single bolt...the pitons wiggle.

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