This area includes popular and classic rocks such as the First and Third Flatirons, and the Amphitheatre in Gregory Canyon. Climbs here range from short newer-age sport climbs to long, trad, slab routes, including some of the longer trad routes in the Flatirons: the whole face of the 3rd, which is about 1300 feet and the Direct East Face of the First Flatiron which is about 1400 feet. Hard conglomerate Fountain Formation sandstone is the medium for your rock craft.
The usual approach to most routes in the North Flatirons area is from Chataqua Park (which can be crowded) or Gregory Canyon Trailhead (which charges parking fees for non-Boulder County registered vehicles). Take Baseline W. until you see a sign for the park on the left (you can't miss it since it's right below the Flatirons). For the Amphitheatre, continue on Baseline past the park entrance until Baseline curves sharply right up Flagstaff Mtn. Park on the road near here, or on the turn off to the trailhead on the left. You MUST pay for parking at the Gregory Canyon lot if you do not have Boulder County registration or you'll be ticketed by the Man.
Various of the Flatirons are closed for falcon nesting from Feb 1 up to July 31 and for bat nesting Apr 1 to Aug 31. Historically, some of these in this area have included Sacred Cliffs, East & West Ironing Boards, The Third Flatiron, Queen Anne's Head, occasionally Gregory Amphitheatre, and possibly others.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
366 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',154],['1 Star',88],['Bomb',8]
Classic Climbing Routes in North
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East Face (Standard) 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c CO
: ... : Third Flatiron
To quote Rossiter, "This is probably the best beginner climb in the solar system." This route is best led for the first time following another party unless you don't care about finding the fixed eye-bolts. Since nearly every stance is a rest, it's tough to discern the belays.From the East Bench, move up and to the left across a channel to the first belay. Stay on this side of the channel for the next 5-6 pitches with easy 5.0-5.2 climbing. Pitch 5 will traverse the "C" of CU. After pitch 6/7, yo...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Snowstorm of 21 Dec 2006. Find the leaping lion.
Looking down on Boulder from the 3rd.
The First Flatiron is probably the most climbed fo...
Evening Sky looking North from the Flatirons
Bouldering on the BBC capstone of the Satellite Bo...
Boulder from 1st Flatiron.
BETA PHOTO: 2/7/2003 from near Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe ...
Winter sunrise on Eldo and the Flatirons.
First and 2nd from a glider.
The Third and the Ironing Boards as seen from the ...
BETA PHOTO: Heading up the First Flatiron.
The Third, Second, and First Flatirons, and NCAR.
By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 12, 2003
Great climbing area, but probably not the best place to go when CU has a home game. Trying to get out of there along with all of the football fans is way epic.