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The Cathedral Spires

Basics
Location
40 minutes Southwest of Denver
Season:
August 1st to fall (closed for raptor nesting May to July)
Rock Type:
Granite
Hazards:
Long approach, climbs eat up many same-size cams
Routes:
Months

Description

For a lot of people The Cathedral Spires is the best climbing in the South Platte. The rock here forms several outstanding spires and faces which in turn create classic multi-pitch trad climbs. Cynical Pinnacle is the favorite here and boasts what is agreed upon as the best 5.9 in the entire state. Basically, the climbing on all the crags here is epic traditional crack climbing. The area is so good that it is very popular despite a gnarly one-hour approach hike.

Details

Location
40 minutes Southwest of Denver
Rock Type:
Granite
Hazards:
Long approach, climbs eat up many same-size cams
Routes:
Months
Season:
August 1st to fall (closed for raptor nesting May to July)

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Take HWY 285 (southwest of Denver) past Conifer to Pine Junction. Turn left (south) at the traffic lights by a gas station onto 126 Rd. Turn left off of 126 Rd at 96 Rd. Keep driving until you see the Cynical Pinnacle which you can't miss as it is the only huge spire to see. Park at the pullout directly beneath the spire and begin approach.
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