Difficulty: some resources 5.3, some 5.6 (the climbing section is short)
Length: 2-3 hrs
The approach from Dutchman Arch takes about one hour. Initially, the Chimney Rock is not seen, but the later half of the hike you get clear views of the massive formation. There is an old road closed to traffic pretty much all the way to the base of Chimney Rock. I also recorded the approach on Gaia application.Option 1: Hike from Interstate 70, park at Ghost Rock view and rest area (I have not hiked this way, but your objective Chimney Rock, should be seen on most of your approach). The advantage is that you do not need 4 WD vehicle, and you do not have to navigate the multitude of dirt road in the area.
Follow the road until a fork - this fork is hard to see and GPS was very useful here. We found the 2nd road then and continued the approach on this road. The climb starts on the northeast side of the formation.
We continued ascent along the base of the Chimney rock until we saw a nice looking crack/gully going up. We took this first gully although later on the descent we took another an easier path down. Someone has left there his/hers trekking poles there.
Once up a gully we found the narrow red ledge and followed along towards the south side of Chimney Rock. The ledge is mostly easy walking, occasionally with some exposure. Eventually, you will seen an obvious notch. You can either do a unprotected slab (5.3) climb here or about 2-3 meters further west there a nice crack to go up to. The crack is more difficult, but protects well. I used camalot #1 and # 0.75.
Climbing higher up is much easier, slabby and I placed two slings for a protection through hourglass. The anchor is visible at a small tree.
Leave your rope here and and hike/scramble to the top of the formation. This section is relatively easy and rope is no more needed.
Descent: we did one rappel from the tree, it is short and walked or down climbed the route.
There is no red tape. Climbing, hiking, camping, visiting the area is free.
Summers can be hot. Otherwise any season is good as long as it is dry. Bring plenty of water.
There is basic camping at the trailhead and by Dutchman Arch. Locomotive Point area has more campsites. No toilet facilities and no water.