Ben Schmitt's "Eleven Miles to Freedom: The R...
Tucked away south of Elevenmile Canyon proper, Heaven's Gate will make a sport climber's dreams come true. This secluded and uncrowded area is all sport climbing on solid, overhanging granite, with awesome patinas, slopers, and beautiful crimps. Plus, the approaches are no longer than 10 minutes. Heaven's Gate became a reality after Nathan and Lauren Hollingsworth discovered it with Ben Schmitt, Brian Rhodes, Scott Hahn, Perri Rothweiler, and Logan Davis developing this crag heavily over the summer of 2010.
You will find no trouble camping here with no fees or access issues. Most routes have chain anchors with fairly optimal belaying. Classic routes are Intercontinental, Shotgun Pinata, and Fight or Flight to name a few. For the ambitious type, there are plenty of sweet open projects and bouldering here to be sent so get on it quick!!
And on your way out don't forget to grab a Flow-storm or a Mountain Burger at the small gas station (the one with the "Beer Store" sign). Finally, with Ben's permission, I provide this data, so ALL credit goes to him and the folks aforementioned and his new book -- Eleven Miles to Freedom: The Rock Climber's Guide to Elevenmile Canyon
. If you want one, send him your address and a check (made out to Blue Mountain Climbing, LLC) for $24 (for shipping and handling) to:
4130 Three Graces Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
Check out his blog if you have free time on your hands: benlikestoclimb.wordpress.com/
The following is verbatim from Ben's book: Take Co Rd 96 out of Lake George (which turns into FS 244 past the fork which leads to entrance of the main canyon), all the way around Blue Mountain where it rejoins Co Rd 98 at a large fork. Continue up the small hill, and turn right at the white sign labeled "Circle C Ranch", and take the right fork onto FS 244 (the left fork leads to the Circle C Ranch). Follow this for 0.4 miles, cross a seasonal puddle, and turn left immediately after that onto FS 244A for 0.2 miles, through a meadow where the road splits for 40 feet then rejoins, and turn left on FS 244B. Continue up the fill for 0.5 miles to where the road dead ends at a cul-de-sac
and the parking for the crags.
- Note: you will want to take a vehicle with high clearance.
Per Rich F.
: from Colorado Springs from US Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good roads cuts the corner off from Florissant to Lake George, saving about 5 miles of driving. Once on FS-244, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the remainder of the drive.
Weather station 6.2 miles from here
16 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Step hen
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 6, 2011
Great area, especially the Plebeian Wall. Anyone know anything about the short routes on the boulder closest to the parking area?
By Lauren D. Hollingsworth
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 22, 2011
There is more rock out there near Heaven's Gate. This weekend I'll be doing some exploring....
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 5, 2013
Alternate directions to save a few minutes if coming from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24:
-- From Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good roads cuts the corner off from Florissant to Lake George, saving about 5 miles of driving. Once on FS-244, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the remainder of the drive.