Along with the Narrows Proper (aka The Notch), The Front Porch has the best rock at the Narrows and almost every route here is excellent. The cliff is also the closest to the road and it may be the closest climbing to Carbondale. The cliff receives morning sun and there is a high concentration of well-bolted climbs, perfect for an after work jaunt or an all-day excursion. Currently, there are 7 completed routes and another route, Geeks in Tight Shoes, close by. The view from the base of the cliff makes for a great setting, with the Crystal River below and the teetering towers of choss across the river. Often, you'll see herds of bighorn sheep grazing in the valley below, particularly in the early spring and late fall. The Front Porch also dries off early after rainstorms.
When hiking up the Narrows approach trail, The Front Porch is the first cliff on your right. There is a large boulder where the trail splits, right to The Front Porch, and left to the rest of the climbing at the Narrows. The approach takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
10 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Featured Route For The Front Porch
Girdle on the Porch 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a CO
: Carbondale Area
: ... : The Front Porch
This is a Front Porch traverse derived from the brilliant mind of one Lynn Sanson. It is a bit contrived but fun none the less! Start on the first bolt of Cleanup Hitter, then move left and clip the second and third bolts of Back From the Dead. Continue left to the forth and fifth bolts of Party At Your Mama's House then the fifth and sixth bolt of Punchin' the Clock and finish on the last bolt and anchor of One Step Closer....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Local Information for The Front Porch
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By david goldstein
Jun 30, 2008
The routes on the left left side offer some engaging climbing with thoughtful, intricate sequences, but they are quite squeezed -- on every pitch there are points where you wonder if you've drifted onto an adjacent climb.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Jul 1, 2008
Several do share the same starts/finishes, but we felt they climbed differently enough. Your mileage may vary. It's local choss, we do what we can...hope you had fun!