East Face/S Goose Egg
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This is a nice and easy 450 foot romp on excellent rock with a comparatively easy approach.
The East Face is easily seen on the right side of the Fern Canyon Trail just a few yards after the North Shanahan trail intersects it.
The face has a lower angle than other East faces on the Flatirons and makes for a great solo adventure if comfortable with the exposure and competent enough to do so....
Start at the bottom of the face and pick the path of least resistance.
From the summit, move south and downclimb the summit block (15 feet, 5.2). From there, hike West onto hiking territory and the trail.
Small Flatiron rack.
|Comments on East Face/S Goose Egg
|By Paul Weiss|
Oct 7, 2004
I thought this would be a nice solo scramble... NO it really wasn't.The rock was really dirty and spooky friction. Perhaps I was off route but I was more or less on the north side of the east face.
|By Julius Beres|
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 21, 2011
Maybe I was off route as well, but there is no way this thing is 5.2. It felt harder than Seal Rock (5.4) or even some of the 5.5 routes in the Flatirons.
The top 1/3 was fun scrambling on easy, good rock that was perhaps 5.0, but the bottom 1/3 was dirty, loose, and insecure. I down climbed 10-15 feet twice looking for easier ways to go after getting to a section I did not want to solo. It wasn't particularly fun either. The South Ramp is a much better solo in my opinion.
Maybe there is a 5.2 or easier route up this face, but I did not find it. I also thought the downclimb off the summit was short but pretty steep and harder than the 5.2 claimed here.
Oct 6, 2011
There is a route on the narrow featured ramp right next to the southern edge that is fun easy 5th.
Then there's the larger, more sobering slab on the northern buttress that has good rock at the beginning and end but junk in between. Avoiding the bad rock probably bumps up the grade to 5.4. Adequate belays but run out.
Downclimb is casual, watch for the back scratcher though.