Peak(s):  McReynolds Peak - 12,450 feet
Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
"Little Pikes"  -  13,363 feet
"Devils Playground Pk"  -  13,070 feet
Post Date:  09/10/2012
Modified:  02/20/2014
Date Climbed:   09/09/2012
Posted By:  Brian C
Additional Members:   Jen C, Brian Kalet

 McReynolds Peak - 5th class fun   

This is taken from the full report on my site. All the photos can be found HERE at Brian in the Wild.

McReynolds Peak (5.9)
Pikes Peak
"Little Pikes"
"Devil's Playground Peak"

September 9, 2012

The Crew: Jen C and Brian Kalet

Faced with a beautiful day, I was stoked that Brian had suggested that we go and attempt the infamous McReynolds Peak. This peak is largely overlooked, and even though its popular neighbor Pikes sees countless ascents, its summit has only been graced by about a dozen parties. Although old mining facilities sit atop McReynolds, the actual summit has remained untouched due to the fact that the true highpoint is an imposing boulder that juts 40 feet out of the gentle plateau. Also, peak baggers had confused the actual highpoint due to the fact that the USGS quad was missing 2 contours, therefore showing the "summit" to be in a different location on the mountain's slopes. This confusion was finally solved in 2001 when a party including Gerry Roach climbed the formidable boulder, and found it to be the actual highpoint. They then moved the summit register to the top of the boulder, and McReynolds became one of the hardest ranked peaks over 12,000 feet in Colorado to reach the top of.

Driving up the Pikes Peak road, we found a nice pulloff at about 13,100' and rolled in. A faint trail led us toward McReynolds, and we soon found our goal in sight. We left the "trail", and dropped steeply down into the basin below. The marshes shown on the map allowed a relatively dry passage due to Wilson Reservoir's extremely low water level. The final push up to the summit plateau was easy and we soon stood below the summit boulder. I jinxed myself by thinking that it looked easier than I expected while I was harnessing up. As I led up the opening moves, it proved easy going at first but I quickly found myself staring up in confusion below the wide offwidth. The #6 fit nicely into the wide crack well above my head and provided a nice sense of toprope while I explored different ways to engage the final crack. Offwidthing is not my strength but I attempted it anyway. Finally tiring of flailing, I went for the insecure layback and soon found myself stepping up onto the summit. I plugged in a bomber anchor and read the familiar names in the register while Brian and Jen toproped the summit block. After we enjoyed the summit, they rappeled down, I cleaned the anchor and counter-balance-rappelled off of Brian leaving nothing on the summit. The hike out went smoothly and we hugged the ridgeline to help reduce our elevation gain. Once back at the car, we motored up to the top of Pikes and sauntered over to the highpoint. After a donut and hot chocolate, we ran up "Little Pikes" and "Devil's Playground Peak" and cruised home. Fall is in the air up high!

The madness sets in as I get ready to get wide!

Check out that classy layback. And in BOOTS!

Photos can be found here.


  • Comments or Questions
Kevin Baker

Sweet!     09/11/2012 02:23
Nice work, guys! McReynolds is a beat for sure! Great job leading it, Brian.

Dave B

The Number 6!     09/11/2012 16:15
That is all!


Only studs and studesses climb McReynolds!     09/11/2012 17:32
Great job Brian and team! Looks like it was a fun outing, and donuts at the end!


Excellent.     09/11/2012 20:32
I'm really diggin' the #6. You don't happen to have 2 yet do you? 8)


buddy check     09/13/2012 23:27
nice work with the climb. did you check you buddys harness? no 'double back' in pic.


Did...     09/15/2012 04:35
Did the Pikes Peak Red Granite Police allow you to make a public post about this area?

Nice report and looks like a fun adventure!

BTW - I think 8000too is correct. Isn't that an alpine bod?

Brian C

Thanks everyone!     09/15/2012 14:12
It was great fun. We were still setting up in the ”wide photo” and double-checked everybody once we were ready to climb.

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