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BETA PHOTO: Grandview Spire from the north.


Just below the Grand View Point sits the Grand View Spire, a relatively unclimbed tower in the Monument. Much of the rock is crumbly, loose, and/or not very hard so watch out. The summit is interesting since it's situated in between Independence Monument and Kissing Couple.

Getting There 

The tower is usually approached from above, on Rim Rock Drive. Enter the park from Fruita, and head up the winding canyon to the top of the rim. About a mile past the visitor center, look for the sign for Grand View Point on the left. Park here, walk down the trail for about 70m and you will see where to go for the tower.

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Weather station 0.1 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand View Spire:
Southwest Defile Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches   
Relics   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C2     Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 430'   
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Southwest Defile Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Grand View Spire
This is an adventurous and interesting route that has seen very few ascents -- the original summit register is still there after 40 years. Only a handful of ascents had been made until the '90s, and now it seems only about 20-30 (at least by who signed the register). Anyway, if you do plan on climbing this route, a new register is in order, since the old one has nearly fallen apart.Find the route per the description on the rock page. This route can be climbed in 5 pitches, but the last two-th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 17, 2005
Relics goes on clean aid, 5.11, C2+. Very cool, thin, right-facing corner crux pitch takes cam hooks and RP/HBs. Worthy.
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