The following areas are closed from March 1-July 31 or until further notice:
Twin Owls, Rock One, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sheep Mountain, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Lightning Rock and Checkerboard Rock are currently closed. The closures include the named rock formations and the areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the formation. This includes all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber's access trails to the formation.
This is a small rock on the ridge top which drew the eye from Observatory Dome. For the cliff note version, it is very low-angle and not worth the walk. Nonetheless, if you are already there, you may be drawn to the rock. The separation of the rock from the trees should give some hints.
Still, it is there, it can be climbed, it has been climbed. It may have another name, but it isn't in Kimball's, Rossiter's, or Gillett's guidebooks. That is, it isn't written up in any of these guidebooks. In the photo on p86 of Rossiter's RMNP, The Crag Areas, it is the skyline bump up and left of Observatory, listed as 5. It is also depicted (I believe) on p 88 as 9821. So, for completion...it is now written up here.
Probably this would be a great kid rock...except for the approach. A four year-old could climb this rock, if he/she could approach it with the new parking lot.
There is some steeper rock on a small buttress on the right side.
Note, there was bear scat in the area.
Hike to the Pear, go left and go west (left) of Sunshine Buttress. Continue up and left. Skirt Observatory Dome on the left. Continue up to the skyline, angling slight left.
297.3. This is a route that sort of drew the eye of a pair of wandering climbers after topping out on Observatory Dome. Sitting atop Observatory, thinking what next, this rock on the skyline beckoned, albeit quietly. Should have realized that so many trees on a rock face meant low-angle. Still the right side looked steeper. Rock, paper, scissors. Rock won.P1. When you get to the nadir of the face here, you think, man my 4 year would like this first pitch. 5.0...maybe. Follow a crack on l...[more]Browse More Classics in CO