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Whale's Tail Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,600'
Location: 38.8478, -104.8814 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Whale's Tail is an east-facing wall south of lake. This climbing area provides three sheltered routes when winds are picking up through RRCOS.

This crag faces East, so it drops into the shade by 230pm or so.

Getting There 

From the main entrance trail, take small trail that branches northwest just south of lake. There is also a scramble from the north end of the Whale from the path that goes north-south along base.


A. The Rose, 7, 1p, 75', bolts.
B. Jason's Argonaut, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
C. Pockets 'a Plenty, 9+, 1p, 100', bolts.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Whale's Tail

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whale's Tail:
Pockets a' Plenty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Jason's Argonaut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Whale's Tail
Rock Climbing Photo: The Rose.

The Rose 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Colorado Springs : ... : Whale's Tail
This is a corner system (yes - an actual corner/crack at RRCOS) on the left side of the face. Head straight up to first bolt, then work your way into the corner system from left hand side up past third bolt to small ledge. Proceed straight up as slab tapers off to anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Whale's Tail, from atop Entrance Wall.
Whale's Tail, from atop Entrance Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another look at the Tail.
Another look at the Tail.

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By drusch
Jan 23, 2008
Great climbs on the Whale's Tail, but watch out for poison ivy at the belay station. Especially at Pockets a' Plenty belay station.
By Kevin Craig
Apr 2, 2008
Rock is considerably sandier/grittier/less frictiony than on The Whale especially the crux of Jason's Argonaut.
By Dan Petty
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Nov 11, 2010
Lat/long: 38.847788, -104.88140.
By Will Strachan
Mar 21, 2014
The anchors for these climbs have all been cut.

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