The following areas are closed from March 1-July 31 or until further notice:
Twin Owls, Rock One, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sheep Mountain, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Lightning Rock and Checkerboard Rock are currently closed. The closures include the named rock formations and the areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the formation. This includes all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber's access trails to the formation.
This is a large boulder below Twin Owls. Ever seen its bolts, rivets, fixed gear and wondered why?
Perhaps 45 feet tall, it has a number of short routes on it. For organizational purposes and since it is distinct from Twins Owls, we'll make it a separate entry. Note, it is not subject to raptor closures.
On its west side, there are a number of aid lines and hard potential free lines. On its east & south sides lie a few totally obscure lines.
It doesn't seem to be listed separately in Kimball's, Rossiter's, or Gillett's guides, although Hangover Overhang is listed in Rossiter's guide, p. 210.
From the current Twin Owls parking lot (soon to be phased out, '07?), it lies a short way up the trail, on the N side of the trail, towards Gem Lake.
From the new parking lot, you'll have to hike to the junction for Black Canyon vs Gem Lake. Hike west briefly, drop down, and you'll likely nearly bump into this rock as you approach the old Twin Owls parking lot, soon to be restored.
This route isn't actually on Twin Owls. It is located on a BIG boulder about 2 minutes up the Gem Lake trail (As you would approach Twin Owls). I believe the Colo. bouldering guide called this boulder the "bolt" boulder- probably in reference to the bolt ladder that starts this climb. Any way, hike up the Gem [Lake] trail until you see a large roof on the NE side of the trail. The route ascends a bolt ladder to the roof, then follows cracks out to the "point" of the roof. You can solo this route...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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