Tarryall Tower from about where the trail stops be...
Tarryall Tower is one of the more scenic, discrete, and technical summits of the Pikes Peak Granite. The wilderness approach guards some of the best crack climbs I've ever seen in the Platte. Rumor is that Jim Dunn climbed the amazing offwidth crack. Strappo Hughes and company did all the big lines to the left. The first ascent of the tower was reported in Trail and Timberline, #593. Bob Witters, the climber who led the FA, is my neighbor. So, I wanted to get his 1967 route on Mountain Project.
Take the long dirt road in to Lost Park trailhead. It starts off US Highway 285, just north of Jefferson. You can see the dirt road from the highway while descending from Kenosha Pass. From the trailhead hike down Lost Creek about four miles. The Tower overlooks the confluence of McCurdy Creek and Lost Creek.
Most of the hike is very nice, easy, trail. However, at the point where the Tarryall Tower becomes visible, the drainage becomes very steep and the officail trail ends. Traversing the hillside to the tower is very brushy side-hilling. Dropping down the creek, unitil directly under the tower, and then heading up to the rock is another way I've used. Both are brushy.
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Witters-Yeatts Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO
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This is probably the easiest way to the top. The routes ascends one of the cracks on the north side. Dick went up first and tried the left of a pair of cracks. It was too rotten, so Bob led through, up the right crack. One of the photos shows Dick Yeatts belaying in the left crack and Bob Witters starting up his lead to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: the splitter offwidth on the Tarryall Tower
The west side. The cracks on the left are very ha...
BETA PHOTO: West Face of Tarryall.
The lines are my estimate ...