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Split Dome aka Split Rock

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Split Dome aka Split Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.28141, -105.06589 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Darrin Stein on Jan 7, 2002
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This has steep friction on nice, single pitch routes. It consists of an upper and lower dome.

Getting There 

From the town of Sedalia, drive West to Rampart Range Road and go South. Continuing past the turn off for Devil's Head Campground, after approximately eight miles, you should see the turn for Jackson Creek Campground. Drive down and through the small, beautiful valley to FR 503 and find a place to park. OR - from the town of Sedalia, drive West to County Road 105 and head South. Look for the small street sign for Dakan RD (FR 503)and go West. You're on your own from here, as there a ton of side roads that lead you all over the place and the FR signs are very few. I just seem to always end up in the right place when I take this route.

Climbing Season

For the Rampart Range Road area.

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: looking at the route from the parking area

??? 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : South Platte : ... : Split Dome aka Split Rock
This is an alternative for the one pitch climbs to the right (Howler, etc..). It has 4 pitches on it, the first being the longest and the crux (one move), with 3 other short pitches. Pitch one: Find a slot with a bolt on the left, climb straight up past 3 more bolts, at the 4th bolt move to the right to gain a jug then pull over, then head straight left to a little alcove (big enough for 3). Bolted anchor, 5.10, 120ft. Pitch 2: move up the slab above, clipping bolts to a BIG ledge. 60ft 5.7 P...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Luc Gruenther
Oct 24, 2002
Follow directions above to Jackson Creek Rd., drive past Jackson Creek Campground and continue on the road along a creek until the road turns a 90-degree angle to the right and crosses the creek. Before crossing the creek, park in an obvious 4-5 car parking area. Hiking on the road, cross the creek, then take a smaller road to the left about 25 yards past the creek. Hike around the right side of a room-sized and obvious boulder and straight up a dry, rocky, vegetated creekbed. This approach will lead you to the base of the gorgeous dome.
By Darin Lang
May 28, 2003
Jackson Creek Road is FR502.The junction between 502 and 503 is fairly obvious when you get there. Park in a large area near a yellow "no motor vehicles sign." The best approach from here is to hike up 503 for a bit (150 yards) before you cut left near a giant, fire-scarred boulder.

The climbs on lower Split Dome are fun and reasonably protected, and it's a nice spot for a large group to hang out and enjoy the views. If you want to do all four climbs, you will need to bring only QDs, green and blue aliens (for Que Pasa), and a 1.5 Friend (for Howler). With careful rope management and shoulder length runners, Que Pasa and the Stroll can just barely be TR'd with a 60m. Bring a very long sling if you want to set up a TR on Clown, as a 60m rope will not reach. Don't bother trying to set up a TR on Howler.
By Gary walker
Mar 10, 2014
I put up lots of routes with friends in the '90s Scott Stull, Gerry Huitt, Craig Lubben, and others in the Jackson Creek area. There are some really outstanding rocks in Jackson Creek. Pete Hubbel named our routes and rocks (Split Rock) incorrectly in his South Platte guide, and luckily missed seeing many of our routes. I don't understand why he would name someone else's routes? There are some mixed, three pitch routes in the 10d-11d range, lots of one pitch routes 5.7-5.12 All were done ground up with Bosch in hand. Feel free to contact me if you want any info to go explore Jackson Creek in the South Platte. My cell is 970-389-3118 or email

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