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Chocolate Tower  


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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 38.87617, -106.14603 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Lee Jenkins on Jul 1, 2008
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Description 

This tower faces west. It is a big time burn in the afternoon.

Per Thomas Cuthbert: this is a secluded crag right next to the train tracks overlooking the river with good rock. It has mainly sport routes.

Eds. This is a combination of submissions done to reduce confusion of redundant entries.

Getting There 

Take CR 371 through the first set of tunnels, down along the railroad tracks, left of a small parking area.

Per Thomas Cuthbert: turn off US Highway 24 onto E. Main St., turn left onto N. Colorado Ave. which turns into County Road 371, continue on County Road 371 until you get to the tunnel, but don't go through the tunnel, park just left of the entrance. Head down on foot and walk north along the tracks.

Climbing Season

For the Buena Vista area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chocolate Tower:
Chicken Runner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Slingin' the Chicken   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jonesing For Crank   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Chocolate Tower
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Chokin' the Chicken 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Buena Vista : Chocolate Tower
This is in the middle of the wall. It is trad/sport, but as of 4/3/13, the 2 bolts have no hangers (now replaced). There are fixed anchors up top.Per Thomas Cuthbert: it has good holds. There are some tricky moves close to the top at the roof, but it ends with an easy finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By sean31
Oct 25, 2008
I was wondering if anyone has anymore information about locating this area. I suppose it is obvious but it isn't mentioned in the guide.
By bobbe belmont
Aug 8, 2010
Looked high and low for the Cholate Tower today. Can anyone help with directions?
By ShaneL
From: Colorado Springs, Co
Mar 24, 2011
Ok, if you don't know where you're going, this area is a little tricky to find. Heading north immediatly after you go through the tunnels, there are two pulloffs on the left side of the road, park at either of these. From there their is a trail that leads right to the rail road tracks follow tracks about 40-50yards and look left you will see the two routes with the bolts. Chicken runner is the 5.7 on the right, Slinging the Chicken is the 5.9 on the left (2 ring anchor is above the overhang.
By Steven Reneau
Jul 24, 2011
As of today, the hangers are still missing from these routes, as noted by Ben Panter a few weeks ago.
By Kip Davis
Apr 22, 2012
I was at Chocolate Tower today and noticed that a few hangers have been removed from the new center mixed route which is 8+/9-. Someone has also changed out the anchor hangers as well. Anybody knows what's up? Thanks.
By James Bealer
Aug 10, 2015
If you go in the morning, the shade is lovely.
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