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Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

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Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground  


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Description 

Referred to as the "Inner Platte" in some guidebooks, this area has the South Platte's largest collection of granite domes. The settings are generally very pleasant and the approaches short. Areas definitely worth visiting include: Sheep Rock, Helen's Dome, Baby Helen and Acid Rock.

The climbing, the quality and texture of the rock is somewhat unlike that of the rest of the Platte. Knobs, feldspar crystals and dyke's provide superb friction and face climbing. Its similar but much more featured than the climbing compared to The Dome in the Catherdral Spires area. Helen's Dome and Acid rock also have some good crack climbs as well.

The Molly Gulch Campground is closed indefinitely due to the Hayman Fire. Please see the USFS for details.

Getting There 

Please refer to the individual areas for specific details on how to find them.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

62 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',5],['5.8',7],['5.9',10],['5.10',25],['5.11',9],['5.12',3],['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 Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground:
Acid Crack   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Sheeprock : Velcro Wall
Fractured Fairytales   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 6 pitches, 800'   Helen's Dome
The Divine Ms M.   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches   Acid Rock
Beam Me Up, Scotty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Helen's Dome
Four Eyes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 350'   Acid Rock
Face Value   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Helen's Dome
Sticks 'n' Stones   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Helen's Dome
Fool's Gold   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   Helen's Dome
Unknown between Divine Miss M & Erotic Plants   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 370'   Acid Rock
Knossos   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Tour De Platte   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 900'   Sheeprock : Velcro Wall
Buffalo Tears   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Helen's Dome
Buffalo Soldier   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Helen's Dome
Solarian   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Riders in the Sky   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Sport, 4 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Charley Don't Surf   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Acid Rock
Ankar Gate   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Shining Path   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   Sunshine Dome
Sandinista   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Acid Rock
Heart of Darkness   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 3 pitches   Sunshine Dome
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Featured Route For Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground
Starting P2.

Unknown between Divine Miss M & Erotic Plants 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : South Platte : ... : Acid Rock
There is some confusion about this route, and since it's not otherwise listed, here's what I know from climbing it a few weeks ago. It's not my route. This is the line with the new bolts that starts right off the block between Charlie Don't Surf and Erotic Plants. There are 3 bolts on this block/close to the ground which may be the crux; the grade eases up after you step onto the actual face. Continue straight up 70' to the anchors on 'Miss M. (You'll note th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground Slideshow Add Photo
The massif from FR 211.
The massif from FR 211.
Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their p...
Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their p...
The log crossing just up stream from the old campg...
The log crossing just up stream from the old campg...
OK guys, you put in a lot of work, what do you cal...
BETA PHOTO: OK guys, you put in a lot of work, what do you cal...
Hidden Valley from above Goose Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Valley from above Goose Creek.
South of Hellen's Dome is the Hidden Valley Slab. ...
BETA PHOTO: South of Hellen's Dome is the Hidden Valley Slab. ...
Sheep Rock.
Sheep Rock.
Hidden Valley view.
Hidden Valley view.
Sheep Rock Massif comprises Helen's Dome, Baby Hel...
BETA PHOTO: Sheep Rock Massif comprises Helen's Dome, Baby Hel...

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By Christopher Jones
From: Denver, Colorado
Jan 21, 2010
The DOW along with the cooperation of the US Forest Service has moved 12 bighorn sheep into this area recently. Ten of the sheep have collars with a large letter on them to identify them. If you happen to see any of these critters and can identify the letters on the collars, please call the South Platte Ranger District (303)-275-5610 and let them know where you saw them. Thanks.
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
May 31, 2010
How cool is that. Thanks for the news, Chris.