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Seasonal Raptor Closure MORE INFO >>>


High on the hillside and nearly facing Cynical Pinnacle and The Sunshine Wall is the stunning yellow East face of The Bishop. From a distance, this gorgeous face appears to be nearly featureless, but for a single wide crack that cleaves the rock in two. In fact, The Bishop is host to several routes, including what may well be the best single pitch 5.11 crack in the state, hell, anywhere.

Getting There 

Approach The Bishop as you would for Cynical Pinnacle. Parking can be had off JeffCo 96, 3.8 miles from the intersection with road 97 and the South Platte River. Hike up the mining road past the cutoff for The Dome. You can bushwhack a ridge line that provides line of sight guidance to The Bishop, in the past a cairn trail takes off from the drainage heading West. The hiking takes about 60 minutes, and it is indeed all uphill.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bishop:
Ellingwood Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   
Bishop Offwidth   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Craftwork   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Bishop Crack   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch   
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Bishop Crack 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CO : South Platte : ... : The Bishop
While Bishop Crack is a two pitch route, the first pitch gets my vote as the best single pitch 5.11 crack in Colorado. Several years ago we headed up to The Bishop with our minds full of sending the whole damn unit, however, there is nothing like having eyes far bigger than our stomachs.Bishop Crack starts left of center on the perfectly vertical East face, a brilliant yellow wall in the morning sun. A wide 5.8 squeeze gets the juices flowing for perhaps 30 ft. This seques into a fingers thin cr...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Local Information for The Bishop
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The north side of the Bishop from the Dome.
The north side of the Bishop from the Dome.
View from Cynical Pinnacle area.
BETA PHOTO: View from Cynical Pinnacle area.
I took this photo from Ellingwood Chimney this mor...
I took this photo from Ellingwood Chimney this mor...
The Bishop is on the left hand side of the photo.
The Bishop is on the left hand side of the photo.
East Face.
East Face.

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By NateB
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 22, 2012
There are currently several "Private Property, No Trespassing" signs curiously located exactly where our colorful new guidebook to the area says to approach this formation. See above map ("2012 updated Seasonal Raptor Closure information.") for boundaries, as well as the map at the trailhead. It appears this formation and the trails leading to it are located on private property, and it appears we don't currently have permission to climb it. I certainly hope this changes in the future, but meanwhile it seems prudent to avoid climbing here.
By Tod Anderson
Dec 14, 2001
Although the sign at the road along the river says that the Bishop ( and all of the land behind the sign - up to the North Pole ??)is closed for raptor nesting from February to July it cannot technically be closed by any government agency. The Bishop is on private land and the landowners, the Priests from back east have granted permission to climb on their land. The State wildlife department and Jefferson county officials do not have jurisdiction on private land for non-endangered species. Depending on the way you approach the cliff you may be crossing public and and be violating rules for which certain land managers do have jurisdiction. Regardless, it is important to avoid disturbing nesting raptors and they usually let you know when you get too close to a nest. Hopefully the land management agencies who have responsibility for the public lands in the area, including Cynacle Pinnacle and The Dome will someday take a more reasonable approach to closing this several square mile area. I know of at least one individual who was improperly given a _300 ticket. So, if you get into trouble, you may want to do some research before coughing up_____