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Big Rock Candy Mountain

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About Big Rock Candy Mountain:

The biggest rock in the South Platte. Almost 1400 feet from base to top. Named for the stripes on it that resemble a candy cane. If the approach was shorter it might be the Colorado equivalent of The Apron in Yosemite. Give it a try...the hike is well worth it if you are solid on 5.10-5.11 slab/face.
Nearest town or city: Lake George
Directions: From Colorado Springs drive west on 24 up Ute Pass all the way to Lake George. About a mile past Lake George turn right(north) on Tarryall Road. Go about 6.5 miles and turn right on a small road...I think it is marked as #211. About 9 miles down the road is a rutted set of tire tracks leading into the woods to the left. Stay on this not take any forks in the road. At the top of a ridge(burned out from a forest fire) you can park and walk down the hill toward the VERY OBVIOUS HUGE ROCK on the other side of the South Platte. Cross the river (dangerous in spring unless you find a good log or crossing) and head north to the base of the rock. This setting is remote and rescue would be difficult. The approach takes about an hour so it may be wise to camp at the base. You have to leave the same way and there is no easy way off the top of the rock. Two 80 foot rappells off the southeast corner of the middle buttress.
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Camping: Yes
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