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Routes in The Goose

Arete T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Batman S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Big Bruce S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Deserted Cities of the Heart S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Duck, Duck, Goose T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
East Face / Goose T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
Golden Goat S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Loosey Goosey T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X
Love's Labor Lost S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Mother Goose T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Raging Bull (aka Cub) S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
South Arete T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
South Face T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Sweet and Innocent T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13


This interesting rock is kinda hard to find and has a moderately long approach (by Boulder standards). The routes on it are great and it is worth a visit on a nice Saturday--you won't have to worry about crowds here.

The east face routes are a bit challenging to decipher.

There are seasonal closures, so check with Boulder Mountain Parks
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Getting There

From the Fern Canyon Trail, hike up the canyon until you see a clearing to the East. Hike now until you see a wood sign with red paint that says, "Fern Canyon." The trail starts about 50m further up the trail and is marked with a cairn. Follow the talus up to the Goose.

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Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder
Shouldn't this be listed under Fern Canyon? Nov 1, 2017
There are a handful of new-route applications for the Autumn 2014 cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Committee's Fixed Hardware Review Committee, for the Matron, the Goose, Pebble Beach, and Dinosaur Rock. We will be holding a public meeting and vote on these climbs on Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym in Boulder. Please visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo…
to review and leave comments on the applications. Aug 4, 2014
One application has been submitted for the current (January 2014) cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Council's Fixed Hardware Review Committee application process: on the west face of the Goose.

You can visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo… to view it; please post comments below the application or submit them via email to The public vote and meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado. Jan 7, 2014
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fossana   leeds, ut
The most efficient way to get off of the Goose without a rope is to downclimb to the west from the notch between the N and S summits (Sierra class 4). From here, you can drop down the talus past the Fiddlehead to pick up the Fern Canyon trail. This avoids to bushwhacking/scrambling nonsense you would encounter on the north or east sides. Nov 11, 2013
Gold Plated Rocket Pony   Boulder, CO
This is a long shot, but I lost a pair of sunglasses around "Love's Labor Lost" on August 1st, 2010. They are Strike Kings and probably worth about 2 bucks, but I liked them. Mucho beer as a reward if returned. Aug 15, 2010
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
If you rap the S face from above Arete, Raging Bull, Sweet & Innocent, beware that pulling your ropes can be quite difficult. It may be wiser to rap to the W. Sep 23, 2003

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