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Elk Meadow & Bergen Peak Loop
A ride leading to the top of Bergen Peak with a loop that uses the best trails for the way down. Near Evergreen, Colorado
A fun mostly-downhill blast with nice scenery and good flow if ridden in the preferred direction. Near Castle Rock, Colorado
Buffalo Creek Loop - Pine Lake Trailhead
A nice tour of popular Buffalo Creek trails on the NW side of the area - from Pine Lake Park. Near Morrison, Colorado
Travois Trail
Awesome singletrack - smooth, flowy, with beautiful descents and moderate climbs Near Golden, Colorado
Evergreen Mountain
Ascend most of the slope of Evergreen Mountain and enjoy a fast paced descent down the other side. Near Morrison, Colorado
A short trail with a decent climb and descent. Near Evergreen, Colorado
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Silver Plume Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001
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Climbing can be had primarily on the large buttress 800 feet above the tailings, this is Monument Rock, and on the West Slabs which are only 200 feet above the tailings. Several other surrounding crags have seen sporadic development, but without yet turning up anything noteworthy. (NB: if you are looking for new things to develop, then look around Georgetown and Guanella Pass!) Named for their inverse character, Monument Rock holds several long slab routes while the West Slabs hold several steep and difficult lines. These two rocks face South and pick up great sun; however, being at 9,000 feet elevation, climbing is largely restricted to the warm summer months. For a quick escape from the frenetic pace of Front Range climbing, these crags offer a terrific alternative.

Getting There 

The Silver Plume climbing is, logically enough, located at the various crags around The Silver Plume Mine. Take I-70 West of Denver. After passing Georgetown, the road steepens and runs along a rocky embankment that has been the scene of more than one highway fatality due to rock-fall. The Silver Plume Mine sits at the top of the rise and on the right. There is an exit off the highway that dumps you out below the tailings pile, and trails can be found through the tailings or up the obvious wash leading to Monument Rock.

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Weather station 1.5 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Silver Plume
Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Smith route, The Shaft, and Bolt Like Mad.

The Shaft 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
The Shaft starts just right of the large corner system on the left side of the West Slab. A couple of 5.12a cruxes and a small roof comprise the difficulties. The climbing is thin, continuous, challenging, and satisfying. The climbing is largely on crisp edges, but getting into and out of the roof uses a bit of thin undercling and a small section of layaways in the right facing corner leading up to the roof. Fun moves in this part. Bolts have been updated in some place, but still cast a wary eye...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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