BETA PHOTO: Raleigh Peak Road on the way out.
Another sea of granite in the South Platte. Mostly smaller formations with one to three pitch routes. Many gems hiding out in these rocks, but finding them will take some time and some walking. Major formations in the area include, from North to South: The Gemstones, Spoof Rock, Chair Rocks, The Slabbo, Ragnarok, The Boulder pile (hundreds of smaller formations West of Ragnarok), and the Cracked Wall.
Fire Damage has caused access issues in this area but recent news from a ranger in the area suggests that the area is open but only to foot traffic. While the walk is long, there are some routes that will be worth it and the solitude can't be beat...........................................................
Top Of The World is off of HWY 126 just past the town of Buffalo Creek. Park along the hwy 2.6 miles South East of Buffalo and walk up Fire Road 538 going left at the junction after 1.7 miles, the right hand road is signed and leads to Top Of The World Campground (closed). Continue on the main road for another 1.8 miles to the old parking area, cross a fence and follow trails to Chair Rocks, Spoof Rock and the The Gemstones (The Gemstones can been seen from the parking area for The Cathedral Spires off Foxton Road). For the other crags, continue on the road for another 0.5 miles past the trail to Chair Rocks to another junction and pick up another trail off of the left hand branch that leads to Slabbo and Ragnarok. The right trail leads to Cracked Wall and Boulder Pile.
Parking Lot Rock
Evening Light Slab
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
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This has to be one of the best moderates in the S. Platte, as suggested in the Hubbel Guidebook. The approach is fairly long, although with some idea of where you are headed it [doesn't] have to be that strenuous. Pedal your bike along Forest Road 538 until you get to the [Slabbo/Boulder Pile] parking area. There is a faint trail on the north side of the [Slabbo] right below the rock- Follow this. Pick your way through open forest to the saddle between the [Boulder Pile] and [Ragnarock], but...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: Cairn pile past the white plywood sign, perhaps 10...
BETA PHOTO: Approach photo (bicycle recommended).
Looking south from the Top of the World. I believe...
BETA PHOTO: Approach photo, the bicycle portion.
Returning from a day at the Top of the World.
Jun 29, 2003
Road closed right now.
By Brian Milhaupt
From: Golden, CO
May 30, 2006
At the end of the forest service road is an old quarry. A private residence is now being built there and No Trespassing signs have been posted. Probably the easiest way to get to the end of the forest service road is to take a bike on the Colorado trail which links back up with the road near its end. Then stash it and hike around the private property to the left (north).
By Jeremy Hakes
From: Golden, Colorado
Sep 24, 2007
Definitely closed at the end of FR538. It is not clearly posted where the private property begins and public FS land ends. The very old faint road heading east is very overgrown, loose, and miserable. Might be best approached from the east? From FR538 to the base of Chair Rocks was 4.0 miles according to my bike computer and also my GPS.
By Tim Banfield
From: Calgary, Alberta
May 6, 2011
4 May 2011 - road still closed.
Apr 26, 2012
FR 538 is a public easement, and we are all entitled to use this road, it provides access to our National Forest. Current wisdom suggests a scenic approach by mountain bike, FR 538 is well-maintained until you reach a private property which lies just SW of Slabbo. Apparently the road is closed to motor vehicles unless you have a permit. I was here last weekend, and I just happened to notice that the combination to the padlock on the gate at Hwy 126 is 1008, now you can be a permit holder too! Happy Trails!
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2014
Gate still closed. Didn't see the comment about the combo, dunno if it applies anymore. We didn't see any cars, and frankly, it's more peaceful without the possibility of running into a car....
Ran into some people hiking the Colorado Trail, camping. Saw some CT hikers. And saw a couple walking their dogs. Generally didn't see many people at all (on a decent Saturday).
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2014
By the way, the bike ride is somewhat strenuous with all the gear you'll be carrying. Fully rigid mtb is fine, just be sure your gears work.