Description

Isles In The Sky is the foreboding-looking formation southwest of the Split Rocks parking area. The slightly overhanging Bird Of Fire (5.10a) is the prime line here.

Northeast exposure makes this a good choice for late afternoon climbing on hot days.

Getting There

From the Split Rocks parking area, hike SW along trail for approximately 3/4 mile. The Isles in the Sky formation is the largest of the formations and lies west of Rubicon. Some 3rd/4th class scrambling is involved in getting to the large ledge at the base of the routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Isles in the Sky

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 71
Nectar
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 209
Dolphin
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 56
Dead Bees
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 58
Rites of Spring
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 471
Bird of Fire
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Naked and Afraid
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 4
Young Fire
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
Wedlock
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 11
Young Guns
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nectar
 71
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Dolphin
 209
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Dead Bees
 56
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rites of Spring
 58
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Bird of Fire
 471
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Naked and Afraid
 12
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Young Fire
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Wedlock
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Young Guns
 11
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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Anyone know anything about the routes in the corridor behind Bird of Fire? Crack #n (n=1-whatever)? Some of them get a few stars in Randy's guide . . . anyone climbed any of them? Feb 24, 2005
C Miller   CA  
Some of those routes in the corridor are good, even if they are a little gritty. Feb 24, 2005
Craig Randleman
Phoenix, AZ
Craig Randleman   Phoenix, AZ
A secure webbing rap station has been added to avoid downclimbing the 4th class from the ledge. Head climber's right about 50 yards of Bird Of Fire. A 60m cord drops you right at the base of the trail. Mar 25, 2008
Simon H
Oakland, CA
Simon H   Oakland, CA
That webbing is now gone as of March 2011. A good way to get down with an inexperienced party is to set up a rappel 30 yards climber's LEFT of Bird of Fire off of a few cams in a handcrack behind a boulder. Let everyone but the strongest climber rap with the packs, toss the rope, and downclimb the 4th - easy 5th handcrack in the corner.

Make sure to tape up and get on Crack #5 (shaped like a Y), the rock is coarse, but excellent. Mar 29, 2011
mark felber
Wheat Ridge, CO
mark felber   Wheat Ridge, CO
We couldn't find a rap off the Bird of Fire ledge, so we continued on the approach to Isles Corridor, went through the Corridor and out the other side and down to the trail. Very adventurous boulder hopping and tuneling. Apr 8, 2011
nathanael
Riverside, CA
nathanael   Riverside, CA
The climbs in the corridor are not to be missed while you're up there, fun, steep splitters. As of Feb 2016 there is new looking rap anchor near the base of Bird of Fire to get you back down the 4th class approach. Also a number of bolted anchors on top of the formation. Feb 22, 2016