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 with improvements by Sarah Hill
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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 the Ironing Boards (just S. of the 3rd Flatiron). 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 points are from NCAR (at the terminus of Table Mesa) for rocks near Dinosaur Mt/Skunk Canyon or possibly Chautauqua (off Baseline near 9th Ave) for rocks near the Ironing Boards. 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.
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
 60
East Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 105
East Face/Royal Arch
Trad 2 pitches
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 130
Angel's Way
Trad 8 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 102
Stairway to Heaven
Trad 6 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 68
East Face South Side or Left
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 175
What If You're Not?
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 134
Wing Ding
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Tracks are for Kids
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 154
Absolution (submitted as Hot if…
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 168
Touch Monkey
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 83
Pretty in Pinkler
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 124
Patience Face
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 174
The Shaft
Sport, TR
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 86
Milk Bone
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 96
Ultrasaurus (aka Uber-Pwnage)
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Ridge Hammerhead
 60
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad 3 pitches
East Face/Royal Arch Royal Arch
 105
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad 2 pitches
Angel's Way Skunk Canyon > Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way
 130
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad 8 pitches
Stairway to Heaven Skunk Canyon > Ridge 1 aka Stairway…
 102
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches
East Face South Side or Left Fifth Flatiron
 68
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
What If You're Not? Der Zerkle
 175
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Wing Ding Der Zerkle
 134
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Tracks are for Kids Dinosaur Rock
 67
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Absolution (submitted as Ho… Der Zerkle
 154
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Touch Monkey Der Zerkle
 168
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Pretty in Pinkler Dinosaur Rock
 83
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Patience Face Dinosaur Rock
 124
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
The Shaft Dinosaur Rock
 174
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, TR
Milk Bone Dinosaur Rock
 86
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ultrasaurus (aka Uber-Pwnage) Dinosaur Rock
 96
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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