Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 39.978, -105.29 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details
Access Issue: New Emergency Closure & Subject to Seasonal Closures Details

Description

There are many rocks to explore in this area. In fact, this section of the Flatirions probably hosts the greatest number of distinct crags in the Flatirons. It is complex enough that even locals will get lost when climbing the more obscure crags here. The "Central" zone spans Bear Canyon arbitrarily to Skunk Canyon. Those seeking solitude can find it here at the less-popular crags. Slabmongers can have many field days exploring the numerous mini-Flatirons, and there's a lots of trad routes and even some sport routes among these rocks. There's even room for new routing. Have fun in this scenic setting.

Getting There

The main starting point is typically from NCAR (at the terminus of Table Mesa) for this area. See specific rock pages for directions.

Access

Various of the Flatirons are closed for falcon nesting from Feb 1 up to July 31 and for bat nesting Apr 1 to Aug 31. Historically, some of these in this area have included Bear Creek Spire, Harmon Cave (bats), East Face of The Hand (bats), East Face of The Finger Flatiron (bats), East Face of Der Zerkle (bats), Dreadnaught, Achean Pronoucement, Skunk Canyon Ridge 2 & west, Sacred Cliffs, and possibly others.

Mallory Cave is permanently closed to human use to reduce the chance of introducing white-nose syndrome.

Please check with city of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks at 303-441-3440 before heading up there. Also, 303.441.4060 ext 420 & x 416 can provide information.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Central

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
 63
Tiptoe Slab
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 211
What If You're Not?
Sport, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 197
Bar None
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 174
Wing Ding
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 170
Feeling Lucky
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 83
Tracks are for Kids
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 186
Absolution (submitted as Hot if…
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 207
Touch Monkey
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 98
Pretty in Pinkler
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 159
Patience Face
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 57
Discipline
Sport
Box
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 208
The Shaft
Sport, TR
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 57
Power Bulge
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 110
Milk Bone
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 113
Ultrasaurus
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tiptoe Slab Front Porch
 63
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R Trad 3 pitches
What If You're Not? Der Zerkle
 211
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Bar None Der Zerkle
 197
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Wing Ding Der Zerkle
 174
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Feeling Lucky Der Zerkle
 170
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tracks are for Kids Dinosaur Rock
 83
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Absolution (submitted as Ho… Der Zerkle
 186
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Touch Monkey Der Zerkle
 207
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Pretty in Pinkler Dinosaur Rock
 98
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Patience Face Dinosaur Rock
 159
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Discipline Box
 57
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Shaft Dinosaur Rock
 208
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, TR
Power Bulge Hand
 57
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Milk Bone Dinosaur Rock
 110
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ultrasaurus Dinosaur Rock
 113
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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