Dinosaur Rock is home to a number of easy to moderate slab routes...and now some excellent sport climbs on its north face. There are a number of scrambling approaches from Bear Canyon, but the easiest approach is from the Mallory Cave Trail. There a couple variations on the east face and a couple on the south.
The standard descent route is to downclimb the west face route (5.0). There is a tree about 30 feet down this route that can be used for a single rope rap. There are bolted anchors on the north face.
Park at NCAR, and follow the Mallory Cave Trail past Square Rock. The first major rock formation that the trail runs into is Dinosaur Rock. There will be a sign near the base showing the bird closures around Bear Creak Spire in the Spring. A good trail leads you to the east and south faces. The approach time is 30-40 minutes. Count on some extra time to get to the west face climbs.
18 Total Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dinosaur Rock:
Patience Face 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 115'
The Shaft 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Milk Bone 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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The Shaft 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b CO
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This is the leftmost tufa feature on the north face of Dinosaur Rock. It shares its first 45 feet with Patience Face, but where Patience Face moves right, head straight up onto "The Shaft." Love it up... continuous and physical....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: View on Dinosaur Mtn. from Seal Rock.
|By Aimee Rose|
From: Bend, or
Apr 27, 2011
How far is the approach? Is the base rather flat or rocky? Thanks for any beta.
Apr 27, 2011
30 to 40 minutes, depending on how fast you're hiking. There is a larger, flatter staging area for The Shaft, then a narrow (but flat) staging area for the other two, Milk Bone and Ultrasaurus. Flat ground, not that rocky, in both cases.
From: Westminster, CO
Jun 5, 2011
Was up there 6/4/11. With the Rifle flooding closure, I encountered 15-20 (including myself) people at the crag on 4 routes. A bit crowded yes, but what worried me was the noise everyone (myself included) generated. Some hikers came down and inquired me about whether there was an accident (probably from an agonizing unsend). What I'm trying to say is as the crag is right off the trail, it would behoove everyone to be discrete while there.
Jun 10, 2011
The Fixed Hardware Review Committee of the Flatirons Climbing Council will hold its public meeting Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado, to discuss and vote on applications for the June 2011 cycle. Anyone interested is invited to come participate and cast votes for the only proposal submitted so far (for Dinosaur Rock), which can be found here: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>.
You can also leave comments on the proposed climb at the above link.
Nov 7, 2011
Five applications have been submitted to the Fixed Hardware Review Committee (FHRC) of the Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) for the September 2011 voting cycle:
•Two applications for new climbs, a 5.11 on the Slab and a 5.10 on Dinosaur Rock
•Two applications to add new, lower first bolts to the existing climbs Touch Monkey, a 5.11b on Der Zerkle, Dinosaur Mountain and to Short Attention Span, a 5.11d on Overhang Rock, Bear Canyon.
•One application to add an anchor to the existing climb Big Bob Cranks on Dinosaur Rock.
To view and comment on these four applications, please visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>
The vote and public meeting for this cycle will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado. Anyone interested in voting on and discussing these applications is encouraged to attend!
|By Curt MacNeill|
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 22, 2012
This has to be one of the best crags in all of Colorado. It's very impressive, the routes are pretty sustained, many are a full 35 meters, and they are super good climbing. The Shaft, Patience Face, Milkbone and Ultrasaurus are all standout routes that would be amazing anywhere, and all of them happen to be right next to each other.
Jul 7, 2014
Somebody left a draw on the last bolt of Patience Face. If it is yours and you can identify it, I will return it to you.