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Flying Buttress  


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Description 

This is a prominent buttress, just west of the Amphitheater. 2 very nice multi-pitch routes go up the buttress, and more lurk around the corner, uphill.

Getting There 

Follow the approach for North Cheyenne Canyon, using the parking area 0.85 miles after the canyon begins. Approach as for the Amphitheater. As the steep gully splits right to go into the amphitheater, look for a faint trail, going west along the base of a cliff. Follow this trail up a steep hill, using switchbacks and whatever else occasions itself. Look for a fairly large tree on a ledge that marks the start of the 2 routes on the buttress. You beneath the tree to the west and cut back to the east in some bushes to the start of the ledge that will take you up to the tree. Continue uphill for more routes.

Per Kevin Earls: from The Pikes Peak guide by Stewart Green "150 feet up the road" (from the rock foot bridge) just past the Pinnacle is the start of the trail that leads up a very loose steep scree gully. 1/3 of the way up this gully a faint trail leads off to the right (West) and switchbacks up -->400 feet<-- of loose steep trail to the ledge with the pine tree. Expect 30 minutes of climbing scree just to get to the base of the routes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.9 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['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 Flying Buttress:
Hanging Gardens   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport   
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Featured Route For Flying Buttress
Ryan Busch at Pitch 1 belay. Start ledge can be seen below. (Photo: Cody Cook)

Supersonic 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Colorado Springs : ... : Flying Buttress
Supersonic shares the same start as the Hanging Gardens from the ledge with the big tree on it. Hanging Gardens starts straight up. Look for a line of bolts more to the left. Climb the line of bolts to the left of the arete going up to a slab for the finish. Both climbs use the same anchors for the top. Either climb Supersonic as one 200 foot pitch or split it up into two pitches. There is one closed shut that could be used as a belay a little ways up the route.The first part of the climb...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By TBurke
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 17, 2010
Recommend both climbs if you are in the area. We did a 3rd pitch above the 2nd belay anchor, but don't recommend it! 1st two pitches are on good rock with good bolts & routes are straightforward.
By Kevin Earls
Nov 20, 2012
The beta to find the area needs much more explaining. The Pikes Peak guide by Stewart Green (link in the comments of Hanging Gardens) has the magic keywords "150ft up the road" (from the rock foot bridge) just past the Pinnacle is the start of the trail that leads up a very loose steep scree gully. 1/3 of the way up this gully a faint trail leads off to the right (West) and switchbacks up -->400ft<-- of loose steep trail to the ledge with the pine tree. Expect 30 minutes of climbing scree just to get to the base of the routes. I can't comment on the climbing, as my partner wasn't able to make it up the trail. Definitely not a date climb!