REI Community
Twin Spires

Select Area...
Red Twin 
White Twin 

Twin Spires Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 6,035'
Location: 38.87828, -104.88094 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 16,648
Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Nov 30, 1999


81° | 54°

78° | 51°

67° | 46°

58° | 42°

57° | 42°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Twin Spires with climbers atop. I'm pretty sure t...

2017 Seasonal Closures - Partial Closure Lifting MORE INFO >>>


These are the short spires in between the Gateway Rocks. They nearly touch, but one is bright red and the other is white and the rock quality is totally different. The White Twin Spire has one of the most popular moderates in the park, and there is some bouldering on the Red Twn Spire, as well as some routes that stay in the shade.

Addendum: to help make this subarea work with the L->R sorting, we've split this into the Red and White Twins.

Getting There 

From the main parking lot, walk on the paved trail in between the Gateway Rocks. The Twin Spires are obvious and have a paved trail circling their bases. You belay from the sidewalk.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Twin Spires

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Twin Spires:
South Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   White Twin
Potholes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Red Twin
North Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   White Twin
North Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   White Twin
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Twin Spires

Featured Route For Twin Spires
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan on North Ridge of White Spire.

North Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Colorado : Colorado Springs : ... : White Twin
This has a tricky start and is a little frightening. It can be toproped after leading the South Ridge. Climb up the steep north ridge on big holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Twin Spires Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Spires Traverse.
Spires Traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hope you like crowds.
Hope you like crowds.
Rock Climbing Photo: End of the day, climber atop Red Twin.
End of the day, climber atop Red Twin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit shot.
Summit shot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gear Alert! - one of the three pitons on the chain...
BETA PHOTO: Gear Alert! - one of the three pitons on the chain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the bomber rap rings.  "How...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the bomber rap rings. "How...
Rock Climbing Photo: Twin Spires, Nina rapping.
Twin Spires, Nina rapping.
Rock Climbing Photo: East side of Red Spire, conquered by my ten year o...
BETA PHOTO: East side of Red Spire, conquered by my ten year o...

Comments on Twin Spires Add Comment
Show which comments
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 20, 2003
A traverse around both rocks is a V2.
By Kris Carter
Feb 26, 2004
I wouldn't ever want to lead this (but then I am a wuss). I climbed this one in the dark a few summers ago & have had a thing for the route ever since. This is a route that anyone who climbs white spire should do at least once - one of these days I'll have to get up the north face.
By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Mar 25, 2008
I have some old pics of us on the spires from 1990 way before they paved any of this. Man, I miss the garden. I'll see about scanning in my photos and getting them up here. :)
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jun 25, 2008
I've always wondered if anyone has jumped these great little towers? Earl Wiggins years ago at Jose Muldones told me someone had. I would assume the leap would be from Red to White.
By Dan Swann
Sep 25, 2008
The jump from white to red is very simple there is a ledge to land is heady, the red to white is the hard jump, because it is easy to go to far. Lots of people have done the jumps. I have done both.
By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 22, 2009
Gear Alert - see my photo above - one of the three pitons on the anchor for the Red Spire has come out. The other two seem fine, but given the amount of traffic here, perhaps we should get this fixed. Stewart - wanna take me up there with you to get this done?
By Stewart M. Green
Sep 28, 2009
Jim Dunn and I replaced the anchor piton the other day. I placed a 5/8-inch sleeve bolt on the west side of the summit and drilled another hole to put a glue-in Petzl bolt in next week. It was pretty jingus with just the two old pitons on top.
By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 2, 2009
Thank you, Stewart and Jimmie!
By England
From: ?
Jan 29, 2011
GEAR ALERT! The quick-links that Jimmie and Stewart installed just a couple of years back are worn through about 75%. Careful!

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About