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The Spire Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 701'
Location: 38.84053, -92.40871 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Marcus Floyd on Nov 21, 2016
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The Spire as seen while climbing the Artifact Wall


The Spire is one of the most easily recognizable geological features that is near the Providence parking lot and can be seen, on your right, as you travel north west along the Katy Trail. The sedimentary limestone is quite layered and pocketed with chert. Weathering slowly eroded the surrounding rock to expose the vertical, tower formation that now has a saddle depression separating the structure from the bluff, by thirty feet, sitting nearly forty feet below the top of the cliff face and thirty feet below the summit of the Spire. Hiking up the drainage, from the approach trail to the saddle, can be quite taxing. The short climb up the back side of the Spire is no shall task either. While the climb to the cap stone is quite a bit easier than its brother climb, located on the opposite, Katy Trail side of the tower, the potential for injury from a fall is still high, due to the steep slope of the rock which drops abruptly in either direction. At the end of the day, the sunset is still amazing to witness from above the tops of the trees, as it will reflect off of the Missouri River and the surrounding Eagle Bluff waters, whether you are standing on top of the Spire, or not.

Getting There 

Improved Approach Trail: Head north from the Providence parking area along the Katy Trail, keeping an eye on the rock formations to your right. You will see the Spire formation within 1/8 mile. Continue another 1/16 mile toward the next obvious drainage, just before the natural spring and bench, then look for the faint wildlife game trail. Follow it slightly up hill towards stacked stone fondation, then back towards the base of the cliff line on the right. Follow the foot trail along the base of the cliff until you find your specific route.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Spire as viewed from the Katy Trail

Inspiration 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Missouri : CM: Providence : ... : The Spire
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Spire as seen from top of the Artifact Wall
BETA PHOTO: The Spire as seen from top of the Artifact Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: The Spire area as seen from the Katy Trail
BETA PHOTO: The Spire area as seen from the Katy Trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Eagle Bluff ponds in the background
Eagle Bluff ponds in the background

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