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West Face (The Pinnacle, Big West Face)

No topo.
Approach by scrambling up a gully below the obvious, left-facing dihedral and slab.
27. The West Face (5.0) Wander at will, aiming for the large tree on the cliff-top.  Downclimb or walk off south to a scree gully.
28. Crack Parallel (5.7) Two pitches up the steep slab left of an obvious, left-facing corner system on the west flank.  Scramble up to the base of

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The Amphitheater

A cliff-lined cul-de-sac southwest of the Pinnacle on the abrupt north flank of Mt. Cutler.  A variety of good sport routes are found on the solid granite and its shaded aspect makes it a good summer retreat.
Approach from the parking area at 0.85 miles, about 150 feet up-canyon from the bridge, look for a trail on the left (east) side of the road.  Follow

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The Flying Buttress

A prominent buttress west of The Amphitheater with two excellent, moderate, multi-pitch lines.
Approach from the base of the steep gully into The Amphitheater, look on the right for a faint trail marked with a cairn.  Hike west on this trail following switchbacks uphill to the base of the buttress.  Scramble east over broken ledges to a pine tree.
Routes are north-facing.  Ten-minute approach.
37. Hanging Gardens

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Fly Cave Wall

No topo.  A cave with steep, highball boulder problems.  A good spot is a must and a pad is recommended.  Three problems scale the wall, listed left to right.  To approach pull into a large dirt pull-off on the north side of the road, about 2.3 miles up-canyon.  Cross the creek on a fallen tree bridge and walk 30 feet to reach a 15-foot-high,

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Columbine Trail

This trail makes its way up the Cañon from behind the Starsmore Discovery Center to the Upper Columbine trailhead near Helen Hunt Falls. The Mid Columbine trailhead is about 1 mile up the road from the main park gate by the Starsmore Discovery Center. The Upper Columbine trailhead is about 350 feet east of Helen Hunt Falls. Hikers, cyclists and equestrians can use this trail.

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Seven Bridges

Length: About 1.5 miles one way.
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
General Description: The trailhead is directly off the closed portion of Gold Camp Rd. (on the west side).  Park at the intersection of Gold Camp Rd., High Dr. and Cheyenne Cañon Rd. Hike past the gate, which is in the northwest corner of the parking area, and follow the closed portion of Gold Camp Rd .7

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Captain Jacks

Length: About 2.55 miles from the trailhead to the top of High Drive, about .9 miles from the top of High Drive to a saddle behind Mt.Buckhorn.
Elevation: Trailhead 7200 feet, top of High Drive 7900 feet, saddle behind Mt. Buckhorn 8200 feet
General Description: The trailhead is directly east of Tunnel #1 at the multi-use trail sign.  The Captain Jacks Trail system is a multi-use

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Stratton Open Space

Current Trail Lengths: 
Chamberlain-Ridgeway Spur: 1.1 miles;
Gold Camp Path: .8 miles;
Ponderosa: .4 miles;
South Suburban Lower Loop: .4 miles;
South Suburban Upper Loop: .6 miles;
Stratton Springs Path: .5 mile;
Upper Meadows Loop: .7 miles;
Wildflower Path: .7 miles.
General Description: Most of the trails within the Stratton Open Space are easy to moderate in difficulty and offer “loops” that allow users to enjoy

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The Chutes

Length: About 1.1 miles from the top of Gold Camp Rd. to the Chamberlain Ridgeway Spur between the reservoirs.
Elevation: Trailhead 6950 feet, Chamberlain Ridgeway Spur between reservoirs 6500 feet
General Description: Suggested for bicycles only.  This trail can be accessed from Stratton Open Space at the Ridgeway trailhead or at the La Veta trailhead. You can also reach the Chutes trail off of Gold Camp

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St. Mary’s Falls

Length: About 1.2 miles from parking area to trailhead, about 1.6 miles from trailhead to base of St. Mary’s Falls.
Elevation: Parking area 7500 feet, trailhead at Tunnel #3 7700 feet, base of St. Mary’s Falls 8800 feet
General Description: Drive about 3.2 miles from the Starsmore Discovery Center to the parking area where North Cheyenne Canon Rd, High Dr. and Gold Camp Rd. intersect.  Park

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