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Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground

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Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground 

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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.

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62 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',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
Sticks 'n' Stones   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Helen's Dome
Face Value   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Helen's Dome
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
Unknown between Divine Miss M & Erotic Plants   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 370'   Acid Rock
Fool's Gold   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   Helen's Dome
Knossos   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches   Sheeprock : Land that Time Forgot
Buffalo Tears   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Helen's Dome
Tour De Platte   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 900'   Sheeprock : Velcro Wall
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
The left side. The Cloak takes direct line up to the summit of Sheeprock through roofs and through the center of the Headwall.

Cloak of the Wolf 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  CO : South Platte : ... : Land that Time Forgot
This is THE Sheeprock testpiece. It's time for me to let this one go. As far as I know, pitch 3 has not seen a complete redpoint ascent. The Cloak is a well-protected line following the most direct and some of the steepest features to the summit of Sheeprock. The last pitch cuts right through center of the headwall. This also provides the only rap line down the North Face from the summit.Start on the far left side of the North side, at the bivy site. 4th class 30' to the cozy perch.P1: "Gatew...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The massif from FR 211.
The massif from FR 211.
Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their parking lot.
Sheeprock, Acid Rock and Helen's Dome from their p...
Sheep Rock.
Sheep Rock.
OK guys, you put in a lot of work, what do you call it, what are they rated?  You can see this from he 1st Parking lot on the road in to Molly Gulch.  I saw 4 or 5 routes, a couple looked very stiff.
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. A three hundred foot plus slab that includes Crawl Space and Oooahhh, 5.9- R and 5.8 R, respectively, first climbed back in 1984.
BETA PHOTO: South of Hellen's Dome is the Hidden Valley Slab. ...
Hidden Valley view.
Hidden Valley view.
The log crossing just up stream from the old campground.
The log crossing just up stream from the old campg...
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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.