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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).
Rock Climbing Photo: 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.
Rock Climbing Photo: Routes by Strappo Huges, Kirk Miller, and Gerry Ro...
Routes by Strappo Huges, Kirk Miller, and Gerry Rock.

Rock Climbing Photo: 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.
Rock Climbing Photo: 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

For the Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wilderness area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Witters (right) and Dick Yeatts (left) on the ...

Witters-Yeatts Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : South Platte : ... : Tarryall Tower
This is the original route to the technical summit of Tarryall Tower; probably the easiest way to the top. The biggest pitons available in 1967 were 1/2" ring angles so the hand crack crux had to be done as a long run-out. Tarryall Tower. Photo by Bob Witters. Dick went up first and tried the left of a pair of cracks. It was too rotten, so Bob led through, and jammed the right hand crack with little protection. up the right crack. One of the photos shows Dick Yeatts belaying in the left crack and Bob...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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

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