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The Pillars

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Description 

This is an aesthetic and secluded area that is great in the summer due to its higher elevation and aspect. It is comprised of some pillars and a cirque. The rock is basalt, and the quality is intermittent. Most of the routes required significant cleaning prior to leading. You will need a helmet, draws and slings, nuts, and a double set of cams to #3 C4. An old #4.5 Camalot is helpful on one route.

This is a relatively untapped area, and it is hard to judge how much potential exists. Route development requires patience, hard work, and an experienced eye to visualize what lies under the choss.

You can actually see the pillars from the road above the Falls Creek Rd. if you look and the light is right. They are hidden in plain sight by the broken cirque behind them.


Getting There 

Head East on US 160 towards Wolf Creek Pass. After the second runaway truck ramp, look for the Forest Service road on your right named Falls Creek Rd. (FS 39) and turn on to it. Cross the creek and start counting right turning switchbacks. Park at the second or third, they both work, and head up and left into the woods to a small stream. Follow it up to where it gets steep looking for some possible cairns on the far side. Cross the stream and ascend to the bench above. Walk East contouring below the rocky wall of the cirque to the South. There may be intermittent carins. It's a work in progress, so once you figure the trail out, feel free to add to them. Follow the cirque until you see the obvious pillars. Plan on 20 minutes of easy walking with intermittent fallen trees.


6 Total Routes


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By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Jun 18, 2012

Both the pillars and cirque of rock behind them have more route potential. I'm not sure how extensive it is and it looks like lines would need at least some bolts due to the nature of the rock.