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Rock Island is located in the Wigwam Creek area of the South Platte. It is one of the prettiest areas in the South Plate. Looking south from the Wigwam Creek trailhead, a series of three rock slabs is visible. Rock Island is the slab on the left. Work overland up a drainage then across the slope to the base of Rock Island. Make your own trail. From the top of the buttress, the decent is to the right and then down easy slopes. Rock Island faces northeast, making it ideal for a hot summer day. However, the exposure also contributes to a less clean rock than might be encountered in other South Platte venues. Currently, Peter Hubbel's South Platte - The Rock Climber's Guide, only lists one route on this 350 buttress. There is obviously potential for more routes due to many crack systems.
From Deckers, continue north on Highway 67 until you reach Forest Road FR 211 aka Matakat Creek Road. Turn left. There will also be signs for Cheeseman Reservoir, Lost Valley Ranch, and Goose Creek Campground. Drive 2 miles to a junction with FR 211 and FR 211A. Turn right. Continue 1.1 miles to the junction with FR 211 and FR 560. Turn right and follow the signs to Wigwam Creek trail, Wellington Lake, and the Flying G Ranch. Drive 1.5 miles to a fork in the road with a sign for Wellington Lake and the Flying G Ranch. Take the right fork, following the sign to Wellington Lake. Drive for 4 miles to an intersection with FR 543. Turn left, following a sign marked Wigwam Creek trailhead. Follow the road to a parking lot at its end. Carefully secure al valuables. This is a remote place and people have been known to do naughty things. Perhaps this is a good place to discuss gun control, steel on target that is.
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The Chouinard Becky Route follows an interesting crack system for 3 pitches up the Rock Island. Locate a crack going up to a slab with a bolt. This should be to the left of a left facing dihedral. Pitch 1 - Climb the crack to a slab with a bolt. Work left to another crack and up through more discontinuous cracks to a ledge. Either belay low on the ledge or climb up to the top of the next block and belay.Pitch 2 - Climb the wide-ish corner to a very strenuous crossover to a crack system on t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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