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Pup Tent of Solitude Rock Climbing 

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The Pup Tent is the little sibling, maybe red-headed step child, of the Fortress of Solitude. While diminutive in stature to the storied and illustrious Fortress of Solitude, the Pup Tent offers a high concentration of well-protected routes with a relatively short approach and a long climbing season. Facing south, this crag can be excellent on winter days as well as many days throughout the spring, summer and fall. The rock here tends to vary between quartzite, limestone, and sandstone.

Getting There 

Situated beneath the Fortress of Solitude, following the same approach before veering off to this little crag.

From New Castle, travel west on County Road 245, which can be found at the west end of main street by following the sign for "National Forest Service Access." Go past the turnoff to East Elk to the Main Elk Road turnoff, County Road 243, which is also the National Forest Service Access for the Clinetop Road. Go about 6 miles on County Road 243. The pavement ends at a sharp right hand turn and the road crosses Main Elk Creek on a bridge. Shortly thereafter is a large pullout on the left with a large brown sign for the Clinetop bighorn sheep and a large informational bulletin board. This is the trailhead for the Hadley Gulch Trail.

Follow the Hadley Gulch Trail, making sure to stay right at the fork for trail #1849A. The Pup Tent will come into obvious view from across a gulch. Continue up the trail until you come to the far right of the crag and a climber's trail is obvious on your left, accessing the climbs.

Expect about 20 minutes hiking time.

You can also access the Main Elk climbs by continuing left past the Pup Tent.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.7 miles from here

41 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pup Tent of Solitude

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pup Tent of Solitude:
Deputy Dawg   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
Sith Lord   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ewok Stew   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
First Blood    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
The Nickelpup   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Subpar   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Subtle Knife   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Red Breasts and Hot Wings   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Magical Handhold   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Girls With Guns   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Subprime   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hanu   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Puppy Love   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jennifer's World   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Hope   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Shapeshifter   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Shapeshifter 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : Glenwood Springs : ... : Pup Tent of Solitude
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Photos of Pup Tent of Solitude Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the wall (lower wall in photo).
BETA PHOTO: View of the wall (lower wall in photo).
Rock Climbing Photo: The view down-canyon from the Pup Tent. Not too sh...
The view down-canyon from the Pup Tent. Not too sh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere near the Pup Tent.
Somewhere near the Pup Tent.
Rock Climbing Photo: Morgan on one of the many new climbs at The Pup Te...
Morgan on one of the many new climbs at The Pup Te...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aeon on Rex Luthor, one of the original Pup Tent r...
Aeon on Rex Luthor, one of the original Pup Tent r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Elk Creek wins this one, bummer for the homeo...
Main Elk Creek wins this one, bummer for the homeo...

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By Meg Evilsizor
May 9, 2012
Found a typo in the approach described here and in the "Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs" guidebook: when trail #1840 forks, you WILL NOT take a trail marked #1849a and instead will take the trail marked #1840a.
By Jared Campbell
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 18, 2012
Meg, you are correct. When the trail forks, the sign is marked as #1840a. Also, I think it's worth mentioning that as you hike in on #1840a, you will eventually come to a wooden fence with a small trail branching left immediately before it. You will also see a couple of bolted routes easily visible on the rock face nearby. Follow this left branch down to the rest of the routes.
By A. Bandos
Jun 29, 2017
Goes into the shade after 3pm in the summer. Hot approach, but the temps at the wall were good enough.

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