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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.
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.
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Fun Climb 101 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : South Platte : ... : Ragnarok
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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