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The Pinnacle

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Army Route, The T 
Balance S 
Cheyenne S 
Chivalry S 
Corrugation Corner S 
Dragnet S 
Full Monty S 
Kendlee S 
Men Arete, The S 
Right-Facing Corner T 
Shitter, The S 
Steep Side S 
Tiger Snap? S 
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The Pinnacle Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Dan Russell on Dec 31, 2001
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There are many good lines on the Pinnacle, the best being the easy classic Army Route (5.5), a 4-pitch line put up by the Army in the 1950's. The rock on the Pinnacle is often very good, but sometimes crumbly. For instance, near the top of the tower there is a crumbly band of bad rock. The rock offers a good variety of sport and trad lines. Most routes can be rappelled, but many top out and it is easier to walk off. For the walk-off: Downclimb a few feet on the backside of the Pinnacle, then follow the ridge south for a couple hundred yards until a trail descends west down a steep scree slope, which winds back down to the road.

Getting There 

From the gate on Cheyenne Boulevard (this is the park entrance, where the road turns into North Cheyenne Canyon Road), drive .85 miles to an obvious pullout on the right (west) side of the road. From here, the Pinnacle is obvious as it rises above the road. Cross the road and follow the trail over a stone bridge and along the cliff band up to the flanks of the Pinnacle.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pinnacle:
The Army Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches   
Kendlee   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Balance   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Men Arete   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Corrugation Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tiger Snap?   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch   
Full Monty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Dragnet   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
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By Anonymous Coward
Jul 31, 2002
From the top, don't walk off to the east!! Although there appears to be a trail heading that way, it is incredible lose and really sucks!! It's steep lose gravel covered in pine needles. Yuck!
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Jul 10, 2010
The major hold got ripped off the 5.12 next to balance today. It was wet behind the hold when we examined it, so the recent rain may have contributed. It was probably going to come off soon anyways though.

I think it's much, much, much harder now.
By JasonT
Jul 10, 2010
Shit, Phil, that's been my proj for the past three years now....thanks a lot. Now, I'll never send.
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Jul 11, 2010
Sorry, bud :( I bet it's closer to a 13 now, though. Think about how proud that would be!
By Jacob Skinner
Oct 14, 2011
So, does anybody know what the climbs, opposing the east face of The Pinnacle inside the canyon where the downclimb for The Pinnacle comes out, are called? There are at least three different bolted routes there I cannot find for the life of me. So, after the downclimb, you turn left to head towards the sun slabs, the climbs are on the face to the right heading downhill to the sun slabs.
By Ben Sebald
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 13, 2013
Just did a really cool route starting up "The Man Arete" then traverse into direct variations of army route. It felt pretty classic. Just join the Army Route for a second at the first set of those overly huge anchors and then move more slightly more right into line above the Army Route (but it's sort of in the same corner, 5.6). Then aim straight for the top on pitch 3 (5.7 'cause you hit a good amount more face) and finish same as Army. It's not hard but feels like you climb more than Army.

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