Home - Destinations - iPhone/Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
Outer Gates

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Abbot Arete 
Altered Boy 
Cloister Frock 
Crystal Staircase 
Fin Du Monde 
Going to the Chapel 
Hog Heaven 
Jesus on a Stick 
La Maudite 
Monastic Groove 
Moving to Montana 
Mystery Route 
No Mystery Here 
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace 
Southern Hospitality 
Steeple, The 
Stone Smoked Porter 
Table Wine 
Trois Pistoles 
Unknown [Outer Gates] 

Outer Gates 

Photos: Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 34,038
Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jan 28, 2002
Good Page?0 people like this page. Your opinion:   
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area Add Route | Add Photo | Add Comment | Add Event
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
58° | 42°
Partly Cloudy
69° | 48°
Chance of Rain
58° | 42°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
63° | 40°
Chance of Rain
64° | 42°
Somewhere in the Outer Gates.


Home to many many moderate (5.7 - 5.10a) well-bolted sport routes, this is rightly one of the more popular destinations at the Monastery. One finds such highly featured rock the crux is often in hanging out long enough to decide which holds to use. Classics include No Mystery Here (5.7), The Steeple (5.8), and Monastic Groove (5.8).

[Eds. Going NW from the Outer Gates are narrow subcorridors, with routes inside, separating some of these southern-most Outer Gates SE faces of these crags. Some of these subcorridors have separate names. These subcorridors are: unnamed, unnamed, The Balcony, Hallowed Hall, & Inner Sanctum. For the purposes of organization, routes within this subcorridors will be organized in the The Vestibule section.]

Getting There 

Just before the Guardian, head downhill, basically skirting around the left side of the main towers of the Monastery. You will pass just below the two bolted routes on the Not So Hairy Pin (5.8+ and 5.11d). Just past these routes take a right turn down the hill and you will begin passing alonside the Outer Gates. You will pass Harley Davidson (5.12c) up high then Simplexity (5.9+) and Going to the Chapel (5.8) at the Balcony. Finally one reaches the high density collection of routes on the Steeple, Vestry and Wine Cellar.

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outer Gates:
No Mystery Here   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Abbot Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Monastic Groove   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Steeple   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
Cloister Frock   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
La Maudite   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Hog Heaven   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Stone Smoked Porter   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Browse More Classics in Outer Gates

Featured Route For Outer Gates
Luke's starting the slightly runout moves angling left to join The Steeple.

Crucifix 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
Crucifix is a good route, but not nearly as quality as its neighbor, The Steeple. Start on the thin spire to the left of No Mystery Here (5.7). This route is on the right (uphill side) of the spire. Follow a bolted line up which joins the Steeple (left) for the last 3 bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Outer Gates Slideshow Add Photo
Outer Gates.
Outer Gates.
Downclimbing thru one of the many little alleys to the Vestibule.
Downclimbing thru one of the many little alleys to...
Most of the climbs here look like this...  The climbing is more difficult than it looks until you get used to the rock
BETA PHOTO: Most of the climbs here look like this... The cli...
A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
Comments on Outer Gates Add Comment
Show which comments
By brain damage
Jun 5, 2010

It's an awesome area if you like slabs, the rock is awesome, feet are everywhere but the hands suck.