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Probably the best-named rock I've ever seen, Twin Owls is known for a collection of hard and often wide crack climbs, and is flanked by an fine assortment of satellite crags. Some notable routes include the legendary Crack of Fear (5.10d, very OW), Wolf's Tooth (5.8), Peaches and Cream (5.11+), East Ridge (5.8), and the Pin Route (5.4). Popular subsidiary cliffs include Rock One, Lower Owls, Hen and Chicken, and Gollum's Arch Rock, all of which are included below. Descent: find the saddle between the "Owls", and look for the "Bowels of the Owls", a deep chimney with some good-sized chocktones in it. Downclimb this (4th-5th class), or set up a rappel nearby. Don't get benighted on top. Subsidiary cliffs generally have self-explanatory descents.
From the new parking lot, head towards Lumpy Ridge on the left trail 0.7 miles, go right following the signs to Twin Owls. For the lower Twin Owls, take the first fork left. For the upper Twin Owls, continue right past the Lower Twin Owls trail split up about another 200 yards to the next split. Go left up towards Hen & Chickens, Roosting Ramp, and the Bowels of the Owls area. ~30 minutes to approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Twin Owls:
Hungry Man V5 6c Boulder, 10'
True American Pinch V7-8 7b Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'
Viper C3- Aid, 3 pitches
Rattler C3 Aid
Copperhead C3 Aid, 1 pitch, 100'
Pin Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Organ Pipes 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
East Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches
Wolf's Tooth 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches
Tighter Squeeze 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Conan's Gonads (Conad's) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Tiger's Tooth 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Rather Fight Than Switch 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Twister 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Jamesia Jam 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Crack of Fear 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Peaches and Cream 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Coyote 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b R Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'
Autumn Mist 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c C2 Aid, 3 pitches
Anaconda 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Trad
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Rattler C3 CO : Lumpy Ridge : Twin Owls
Located just down and to the right of Anaconda- the inital roof and crux of Rattler is quite rotten. However, the route as a whole is so stellar that I had to give it three stars. Since [you're] right off the ground the crux is a bit dangerous whether trying it clean or with stacked pins. Yikes! After the crux work your way up to the anchor linking steep thin cracks. And the 2nd pitch just before the anchor you end up aiding this amazing steep arete with nothing but air around you. Check this ou...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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