Bear Creek Spire is the first large crag encountered on the north side of Bear Creek when coming from the east. It's south and west faces are festooned with rotten overhangs and there are no known routes there. The rock is evidently much more popular with Peregrine Falcons than climbers, as it is the only crag in Bear Canyon that lies in the closure (Feb 1 to Aug 1).
There is a huge eye bolt 75' south of the summit of unknown origin and intended use. This crag is perhaps of interest only to climbers who are interested in reaching seldom visited summits. The easiest route, the Northeast Corner, is technically easy but somewhat friable and covered with treacherous pine needles.
Leave the Mesa Trail where it crosses Bear Creek and bushwhack up the north side of the creek (nasty going unless you find the faint trail). For the Northeast Corner route, scramble up the gully east of the rock for several hundred feet.
Alternatively, one can follow the trail up into Bear Canyon, and at some point before the first stream crossing, bushwhack back east down stream to the Spire. If you are aiming for the NE Corner route, it is easier to climb up west of Bear Creek Spire to the notch north of it, and then descend SE to the start of the route (compared to going around the south side).
Bear Creek Spire also has a North Face route, accessible from the West side of the saddle above BCS and below the East Bone of Dinosaur Rock. Climb up semi-vertical rock to a vertical slot, tending right, then up and right past a few handjams (crux) and to the overhangs above, which can be climbed on the West side of the North Face. The summit is just a few feet up....[more]Browse More Classics in CO