St. Peter's Dome
About St. Peter's Dome:
The crags of St. Peter's Dome, were first developed several decades ago, and then "re-discovered" in the late 1980s. Located on an airy ridge at 9500 feet on the southeast slopes of the Pikes Peak massif, this area offers alpine cragging just a short drive from Colorado Springs, with stunning views of the peaks and the city below.
The crags are scattered on the crest of a ridge above Gold Camp Road, the route of an old railroad that used to run between Colorado Springs and the Cripple Creek gold mines. In the early 1960s, several standard setting routes went up most of the great granite cracks and dihedrals, and in the late 1980s, local climbers developed the faces and aretes in between.
The broken and slabby St. Peter's Dome itself has little for the serious rock climber but the Aiguille de St. Peter and the Pearly Gates are just two of the satellite crags found on the slopes of the dome. With mega-classics such as The Martyr(5.9) and The Pearly Gates Route(5.10), there is plenty to keep the trad climber busy, and routes such as The Oracle(5.11) and The Ascension(5.12) will keep the sport climber happy, if one does not mind placing a couple pieces of gear in between the bolts.
The St. Peter's Dome area offers some of the Pikes Peak region's best climbing. To help maximize your climbing time, inquire with the local climbers and find some who have climbed there. Please respect the areas minimal bolting ethic.
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|Directions:||From Colorado Springs, drive about 18 miles up the Old Stage and Gold Camp Roads to the St. Peter's Dome overlook. Continue a quarter mile past the overlook and park at the pullout on the right. Head north up a small trail on the steep hillside for half a mile and you will see the back side of the crags on the ridge crest. For The Sanctum, Pearly Gates, and the Aiguille de St. Peter, head east. For the other crags, continue past and curve around below them. The sections are listed from west to east, or left to right as you approach them from behind.|
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