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This is the first major ridge ascending out of Skunk Canyon on the right (north) side. Quality of the rock is very good--perhaps slightly better than "average" Flatiron rock. Routes range from the classic 1000'+ slab and ridge climb called Stairway to Heaven (5.2-ish, but mostly 3rd/4th class) to the enjoyable Love (5.4) and Better Than Love (5.5) on the west side of the rock, to the massively overhanging Guardian (5.12).
From the NCAR trailhead, hike to the Mesa Trail, go north, and cross the Skunk Canyon creek. Continue steeply up a few switchbacks until you can see a faint trail heading into the canyon. You may have to climb over or around a log fence to reach the trail. If you reach the point where the Mesa Trail flattens out and heads east out of the canyon, you went too far (but not by much).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven:
Stairway to Heaven 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a Trad, 6 pitches
Love 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 3 pitches
Armed Forces 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Guardian 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Love 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c CO : Flatirons : ... : Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Hea...
This west face route starts 400 feet from the southern edge of the rock. It ascends a steep left facing dihedral to the summit of Like Heaven. The Like Heaven summit jets out of the face to the west. P1: Begin on a large block, reach over the void and pull over the overhang. This move is a little committing, a small nut placement at the lip might help this mental move. Head up a a few feet and tarverse right to a belay spot. (~40 feet).P2: Head up the wonderfully pocketed wall next to the wi...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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