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Storm King Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,752'
Location: 37.677, -107.5619 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Matthias Holladay on Dec 1, 2010
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From Graystone to the Guardian, this is yet another of the fabulous Quartzite Peaks also known as The Grenadiers. As with all of the peaks of this sub-range, it is a pretty mountain, standing third from the end above the north fork of Trinity Creek. With Silex and the Guardian nearby, but more difficult to access, Storm King's proximity to the northern terminus of the Needle sub-range accentuates its position in the San Juans. Indeed, the quad is named after this illustrious mountain. Additionally, it is blessed with a "flower-strewn path of a route" up an imposing, but nice, north face climbed by Bob Bliss in the '70s. By the way, this is one of the few north faces in the Rockies with only one route.... Its unnamed neighbor to the east, peak 13,405, also has a nice northern aspect waiting for first ascentionists. The walk up on the south side begins at the saddle with Peak Eight. It is well cairned. The southeast ridge, with initial climbing moves over a step, later has portions of scrambling over steepish sections. The northeast ridge was climbed by Mike Vanderbeek in the '90s, but information about it is lacking. During a Super-Alpine section of an XT 30-day C.O.B.S. course, Marcus Brown, with students, climbed the northwest ridge as well.

Getting There 

Up Elk Creek, find the trail up to Vestal drainage, continue all the way east past Lake 12,396, and over an improbable looking pass between Points 13,085 and 13,241. There is nice camping with great views of north faces near the tarns around 11,800. To contour around the northeast ridge to get to the southeast ridge or the walk up, there is an obscure trail at about 11,820. It's cliffy, but soon rises up through talus above Silex Lake. If hiking down the Molas switchbacks or taking the train in is unappealling, one can hike over Hunchback Pass, down the north fork of Nebo Creek to Vallecito Creek. Before the confluence of Trinity and Vallecito Creeks, find the crossing well below the falls; a trail bears west staying north of Stormy Gulch rising up to the aforementioned tarns.

Climbing Season

For the The Grenadiers area.

Weather station 10.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Storm King
Rock Climbing Photo: The ridge from the east.

Northeast Ridge 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Storm King
Gain the broad ridge and climb a mix of easy 5th, 4th, and 3rd class for the first half of the climb. The ridge narrows and route finding becomes more engaging to the base of the tower. We climbed this feature in two steep pitches, the first being the crux of the route. The position on top of the tower is excellent. Make a wild and exposed move off the tower to regain the ridge. From there it's mostly easy 5th with some steeper sections to the top. There are many options on this fun climb ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Storm King Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Storm King from NW Ridge via Peak 13,405.
BETA PHOTO: Storm King from NW Ridge via Peak 13,405.
Rock Climbing Photo: Storm King in back again.
Storm King in back again.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south to Leviathan and Jagged.
Looking south to Leviathan and Jagged.
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow....
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the top....
Near the top....
Rock Climbing Photo: Over the step....
Over the step....
Rock Climbing Photo: S.K. on the left.
S.K. on the left.

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By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Mar 1, 2011
Yes, there is much more information. The old submission had no practical data, while this description gives more information on getting there and the routes which ascend it.
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Mar 1, 2011
The page looks great, Matthias. Thanks for fixing it!
By Fritz N.
From: Durango, CO
Aug 20, 2017
Longwinded TR here, including our 5.10 headwall variation:

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