This is the closest thing Colorado Springs has to adventure climbing. It tops out somewhere around 10,000 feet. This is not quite alpine climbing but the closest thing you can get in the area without heading up The Peak. Expect unpredictable weather, exposure to the elements, and awesome views.
You need to be kinda familiar with The Springs to get here. Take Gold Camp Road to where it intersects with High Drive and Bear Creek. Drive past the parking area for Section 16 trail. Park at the last available parking area by the house and gate.
Walk through the gate, and continue up dirt road for about a mile or so until it bends sharply to the left. At this point, you will see a trail on the right. You will know if you're on the correct trail as about a hundred feet in there is a Ring The Peak sign. You follow this trail for a very long time, maybe 3 miles. Eventually you will cross a wooden bridge (not a log, a bridge). After you cross the bridge, you will cross 2-3 smaller streams, and there will be a small footpath like trail breaking off to the right (it's maybe a half mile after the wooden bridge, there are grown over footpaths before it as well, do not take these). Follow the footpath uphill for another half mile until you start to see rock formations, this is where the trail ends. You kind of have to find your own way, but Tenney is at the summit, so don't stop unless you find a spectacular view. We ended up coming up on the back side, scrambling up 4th class rock, and then rapping off the summit to the side where the climbing is (you'll know it when you see it).
I apologize for the vague directions, but you kind of have to figure it out, because there is no exact way and it is confusing.
There are three cracks on the far left side. They all merge eventually, so take your pick. The right, thin crack looks like it'd be the hardest. We did the far left crack as it looked like the best line. Follow the wide fist crack (1st crux) for 15 feet, and plop over the bulging slab at the top of it. Head up loose, easy rock to a very small, left-facing corner, head up to another right-facing corner, and go right at a small roof. Climb easy terrain to another roof with blocks on the right and...[more]Browse More Classics in CO