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Elevation: 7,337 ft 2,236 m
GPS: 39.9611, -105.289
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Description Suggest change

This section of the Flatirons holds some of the best climbing in the Flatirons, but it seems to be less crowded. For the purposes of this organization, this section extends from Bear Canyon to Eldorado Canyon. Great rocks such as the Maiden, Matron, Devil's Thumb, Nebel Horn, Seal Rock, and the Goose offer lower end difficulty climbs for beginner trad leaders and also more challenging trad lines. Excellent sport routes also can be found, some several pitches in length. The longest line in the area can be found here. There is plenty to explore here.

Getting There Suggest change

The approaches vary depending on where you're headed. For rocks like the Matron, take the South Mesa Trail head from the open space park on the way to Eldorado Canyon SP off CO Hwy 170. Otherwise, N. Shanahan trail from Table Mesa or Fern Canyon via the Mesa Trail from NCAR. See specific routes for exact directions.

Access

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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 The Matron, Towers of the Moon, Jam Crack Spire, Devil's Thumb, Nebel Horn, Jaws, The Fin, Fern Canyon, The Goose, The Goose Eggs, and possibly others.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 266
East Face North Side/Seal Rock
Trad 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 234
North Face
Trad 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 138
East Ridge
Trad 5 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 58
West Overhang
Trad 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 103
Just Another Boy's Climb
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 239
Undertow
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 71
Film Noir
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 54
DK Superstar
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 82
Snake Watching
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 141
$00pr kr33m
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 75
s00kr33m
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 53
Primate
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 40
Hasta La Hueco
Sport 3 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 70
Super Tuscan
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 56
Choose Life
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face North Side/Seal Rock Seal Rock
 266
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
North Face Maiden
 234
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 5 pitches
East Ridge Maiden
 138
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
West Overhang Maiden
 58
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
Just Another Boy's Climb Slab
 103
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Undertow Slab
 239
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Film Noir Slab
 71
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
DK Superstar Shanahan Crag
 54
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Snake Watching Overhang Rock
 82
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
$00pr kr33m Slab
 141
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
s00kr33m Slab
 75
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Primate Seal Rock
 53
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Hasta La Hueco Maiden
 40
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport 3 pitches
Super Tuscan Seal Rock
 70
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Choose Life Seal Rock
 56
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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