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Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way  

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Elevation: 7,050'
Location: 39.9789, -105.2922 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mark Oveson on Nov 30, 1999
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  • Description 

    Angel's Way is the third major ridge rising out of Skunk Canyon to the north. Its east face is much smaller than the east faces of Stairway to Heaven and Satan's Slab, but the ridge is about the same overall length.

    Because of its small size, there aren't really any routes on the east face of this rock. There is a wonderful 5.0-5.2 scrambling route that ascends the entire ridge. This ridge is one of the best scrambles in the Flatirons. The quality and setting of this rock are sublime.

    Getting There 

    Follow the directions to the west face routes on Satan's Slab, but instead of hiking up under that face, continue west up the hill to the base of Angel's Way. Unlike Satan's Slab and Stairway to Heaven, which rise right out of the creek, the base of this rock is significantly north up the hill from the Skunk Canyon creek.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 3.2 miles from here

    5 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way:
    Angel's Way   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, 8 pitches, 1200'   
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    Enjoying a beautiful foggy morning on Angel's Way.

    Angel's Way 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c  CO : Flatirons : ... : Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way
    This hidden gem is one of the best Flatiron climbs. Solid rock and a soaring arete that is quite consistent at the grade, make for a great scramble. This climb is long, and if done roped is probably at least 8 pitches. It is quite similar in difficulty to the standard E Face route on the Third Flatiron and makes for a great solo outing. Unlike the 3rd Flatiron, however, there is no fixed gear. NOTE: This climb falls within the Falcon closure and is usually closed from Feb 1 to July 31.Perha...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 3, 2005
    The poison ivy is looking really healthy in Skunk Canyon this year. I don't remember quite so much in the past, I guess it was the wet spring. Anyway, count youself lucky if you don't pick up a case of PI on the bushwhack into this climb.
    By Warren Teissier
    Sep 21, 2001
    I soloed this ridge today.

    It is indeed a really cool route. Face, friction, even a beautifull 50 foot layback dihedral at a nice comfortable angle.

    Can't beat the setting.
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