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There are a series of rocks just W of Twin Owls and E of Batman Rock that are referred to as 'Parking Lot rocks.' Of these, some of the larger ones are referred to as (going E to W) Rock One, Basic Rock, Twin Owls Glacier, Rock Two, Rock Three, Rock Four (The Stupa), Rock Five (aka Dike Dome), Rock Six, & Tower Rock (aka Fan Rock - for its distinctive fan-shaped blades). While none of the rocks have received much attention, Rock One does have a enjoyable low-end difficult route that may please some in search of an easy romp off the well-beaten track or those seeking to introduce multipitch Lumpy Ridge climbing to a younger generation.
From the new parking lot, go west ~0.6 miles to the old Twin Owls parking lot. Find this approximately 300 foot tall rock off the Lower Twin Owls climbing access trail. Shortly after you would go right to the Conads/Organ Pipes area, you can find a fainter path going left towards Rock One. Follow this up, occasionally down, over a few large dead trees and quickly you are there. As a landmark for the Rock One Route, 5.4, you will find the start a short distance R of a large dead tree leaning against the base. Also, you can find the start just left of a large left-facing dihedral bulging out from the lower angled rock. ~35-40 minutes to approach.
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Rock One Route 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c CO : Lumpy Ridge : Rock One
This is a pleasant romp up good rock at an easy grade. This route will wander up the lower-angled, L side of the SSW face/prow of Rock One. It connects nice features & can have plenty of variations at a similar grade. It has enough features and short-enough traverses to allow a shorter (6-8 year old) climber to ascend without excessive difficulty.Note, this crag is often closed during raptor closures until July 31. Check the closures before heading here.To find the start of the route, locate...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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