Checkerboard Rock Rock Climbing
Low down on P1. Photo by Ken Parker.
This aptly named rock face sits below Batman rock, and is easily reached via the Batman rock trail. This is a good spot to climb if you don't have a full day. The approach is approximately half that of Batman Rock, and none of the climbs to my knowledge are longer than two pitches. The rock itself is split broken vertically by a chimney in the middle and horizontally by a ledge that spans the entire length about 2/3 up. The climbing is less than vertical, and even the cracks have a slab feel.
From the new parking lot, take the west trail towards the old Twin Owls parking lot ~0.6 miles. From the old Twin Owls parking lot, follow the approach trail for Batman Rock. After the trail starts to go up, start to look for a cairn on the left, which will take you to the left side of the base. Scramble down past the chimney, and back up the other side to the better routes. [When approaching the rock you will come upon the right side first.] Although the rock is 200' high, it is hard to see above the trees before you actually get there. ~40-50 minutes to approach.
Please check the closures before climbing.
Climbing Season For the Lumpy Ridge area.
Weather station 1.4 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Checkerboard Rock
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Featured Route For Checkerboard Rock
Number 8 Beartrap 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO
: Lumpy Ridge
: Checkerboard Rock
This is a wild and worthwhile climb that probably never gets done. This climb is a tight squeeze!Climb easy chimneys to the right and uphill of Southeast Pillar's start. Look for the amazing hanging chimney above.Rope up on a big ledge and climb into an overhanging crack to gain the chimney proper. The inside of the chimney is (Wolf's Tooth style) with small to midrange cams and nuts for pro. This is very tight squeeze through here and even skinny Michael thought is was tight. So be...[more] Browse More Classics in CO