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There are many good lines on the Pinnacle, the best being the easy classic Army Route (5.5), a 4-pitch line put up by the Army in the 1950's. The rock on the Pinnacle is often very good, but sometimes crumbly. For instance, near the top of the tower there is a crumbly band of bad rock. The rock offers a good variety of sport and trad lines. Most routes can be rappelled, but many top out and it is easier to walk off. For the walk-off: Downclimb a few feet on the backside of the Pinnacle, then follow the ridge south for a couple hundred yards until a trail descends west down a steep scree slope, which winds back down to the road.
From the gate on Cheyenne Boulevard (this is the park entrance, where the road turns into North Cheyenne Canyon Road), drive .85 miles to an obvious pullout on the right (west) side of the road. From here, the Pinnacle is obvious as it rises above the road. Cross the road and follow the trail over a stone bridge and along the cliff band up to the flanks of the Pinnacle.
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The Army Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 4 pitches
Kendlee 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Balance 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Men Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Corrugation Corner 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Tiger Snap? 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Sport, 1 pitch
Dragnet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Full Monty 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Cheyenne 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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The Army Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a CO : Colorado Springs : ... : The Pinnacle
This route can be done in three or four pitches. Traverse east on the ledge system that runs beneath the north face of the Pinnacle. The start of the route is an obvious right facing corner system near the east end of the ledge. The first piece of fixed gear is a long way up in the corner.Pitch 1 - Climb up into the corner, step left at the roof and go up left to an eye-bolt anchor.Pitch 2 - Step left and go up a left facing corner. At its top, go back to the right and climb up a right facin...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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