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Upper Gemstone. The formation is easily visible from 96 by the Cathedral Spires parking as the narrow pinnacle atop the hillside on the south side of the road. There is a large, open-book dihedral on the northwest side of this tower.
Both Gemstones are probably the furthest things to hike to in the area. It would be much quicker to hike here from the CS parking, but I very seriously doubt you could get there without crossing private property.
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This route is on the Upper Gemstone. To reach the route, hike past the Lower Gemstone and scramble up the hillside aiming for the large dihedral on the South face. Look for a clean hand crack that splits the face to the right of the dihedral and arete. Jam and lieback about 65' up and right to a ledge (5.8+), move right and climb a short, steep corner (5.9) and belay above. Walk off to climber's right....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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