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Tarryall Tower is one of the major technical summits of the Lost Creek Valley. Located at the upper end of the valley, the tower overlooks a rugged wilderness of pink granite and aspen trees. The first ascent of the tower was reported in Trail and Timberline (1967, #593).
Lost again on the approach!
Lost again on the approach!

Two of the hardest Tarryall Tower routes were put up on the West Face by Strappo Hughes, Kirk Miller, and Gerry Rock (late 1980s). These routes are about three pitches long. Both aid and bolts where used sparingly. These routes were never reported in any journals.
Routes by Strappo Huges, Kirk Miller, and Gerry Ro...
Routes by Strappo Huges, Kirk Miller, and Gerry Rock.

View down Lost Creek from the base of the Tarryall...
View down Lost Creek from the base of the Tarryall Tower Crack.

Getting There 

From Denver, drive US Highway 285 southwest over Kenosha Pass. After the highway descends into South Park, take the first left turn onto Lost Park Road (FR 56). It is nearly twenty miles to the campground at the end of the road (Delorme Gazetteer, p49). You can see the dirt road from the highway while descending from Kenosha Pass.

From the trail-head, hike down Lost Creek about four miles, passing through the meadows of East Lost Park along the way. Most of the hike is along a flat and easy trail.
Tarryall Tower approach.
Tarryall Tower approach.

After the junction, where the Wigwam trail turns left, the "Brookside" trail is less well maintained. A mile past the Wigwam junction the trail runs close to the creek, then starts dropping steeply. At some point the path must be abandoned to traverse/ascend steep brushy mountainside up to the tower. There is no climber path of any kind.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

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Tarryall Tower Crack.

Tarryall Tower Crack 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  CO : South Platte : ... : Tarryall Tower
This could be the most remote multi-pitch off-width of the Pikes Peak Granite. I think Slim got the first ascent party correct. I climbed with Kerry on one of his excellent Four Mile Dome routes. Slim's comment reminds me that Kerry was one of the few climbers I ever met who new about this crack too. Tarryall Tower Crack, 5.11. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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the splitter offwidth on the Tarryall Tower
BETA PHOTO: the splitter offwidth on the Tarryall Tower
The west side.  The cracks on the left are very ha...
The west side. The cracks on the left are very ha...
West Face of Tarryall.  The lines are my estimate ...
BETA PHOTO: West Face of Tarryall. The lines are my estimate ...

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