Pellaea is found on the Nebel Horn behind the Goose eggs. The rock is best known for its East Face route (5.5) which is 470 feet long. This is one of Roach's Top Ten classic flatiron routes.
Fern Canyon Trail is the best approach for Pellaea. This trail begins from the Mesa Trail, 200 yards south of the junction of the Mesa Tail and the Bear Canyon Trail. The trail passes within ten feet of the bottom of the rock. Pellaea is right after the trail passes a large boulder with a 5.12 sport climb on its east side.
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East Face/Pellea 5.5 R Trad, 3 pitches
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East Face/Pellea 5.5 R CO : Flatirons : ... : Pellea
This is one of the better east face routes that I have done in the Flatirons. I gave this route a "s" rating even though none of the guide books give it this rating. The two cruxs on the climb have 20-30 foot runouts on them, but the rock is clean and the holds are small but plentiful. Begin about 50feet from the southern edge of the rock.P1: Angle up to the left passing a small tree. Pass the bulge near the left edge of the rock. This is the crux (5.5), the slab climbing is wonderful he...[more] Browse More Classics in CO