Elevation: 6,739 ft
GPS: 39.987, -105.292 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: Some crags in this area are closed 1 February to 31 July: Details

Description

Unmistakable and outstanding, its jutting east face is obvious from anywhere in Boulder, and the beautiful, solid rock meets or exceeds your high expectations. A 100-foot-high "CU" was painted on since the 1940s. Since camouflaged by more paint, you can still see the faint outline. Of course, when you're on the east face, it's obvious when you get to this section of the rock, especially because it's a smeary section of rock with no hand holds, mostly friction foot moves. Enjoy it when you can: the Parks department closes this and most of the rocks around it, due to raptor nesting concerns (see below).

Note, the Ghetto is actually part of the Third Flatiron.

Getting There

From the ranger cottage at the Chautauqua Park trailhead (Baseline Rd.), follow the paved Bluebell Road south to the Bluebell Shelter. From the shelter follow the Royal Arch trail south to the junction of the Second-Third Flatiron Trail. Follow this trail west to the clearly marked Third Flatiron Trail. The trail ends at the start of the Third Flatiron standard east face climbing route. The Third Flatiron Descent Trail starts in the saddle to the west of the summit of the Third Flatiron. The trail begins to descend north, then east, down through a talus field to end at the Third Flatiron Trail, a few hundred yards north of the start to the standard east face climbing route.

Descent

Per mark felber: for rappel, there are chains at the south end of the summit, for a 45' rap to the South Bowl. Use the chains here for a 50' rap to Friday's Folly Ledge (or just go from the summit to Friday's Folly ledge in one shot with a 60m or longer rope). On reaching Friday's Folly Ledge, you'll see a great big eyebolt and a sign placed by BOSMP, warning you that the rappel from the eyebolt is 140' and directing you to a much shorter rappel(72') from good chains to climber's left/west. The shorter rappel lands you right on the descent trail. Taking the longer rappel means you have to 3rd class up to the landing of the short rappel to reach the descent trail, or descend 1911 Gully.

FWIW, there is a low fifth class downclimb for those without a rope.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Third Flatiron

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 916
East Face (Standard)
Trad 8 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 42
Winky Woo
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 14
Third World Zone
Trad 8 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 123
East Face Left
Trad 9 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 88
College Drop Out aka East Face N…
Trad 6 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 50
Extra Point
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 97
Friday's Folly
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Saturday's Folly
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 10
Northwest Passage
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Waiting For Columbus
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Shoyu State
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
Direct West Face a/k/a Western S…
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Feathers and Stone
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Pile In the Sky
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Third Kingdom/Papillion
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face (Standard)
 916
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 8 pitches
Winky Woo
 42
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad
Third World Zone
 14
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad 8 pitches
East Face Left
 123
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 9 pitches
College Drop Out aka East F…
 88
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Extra Point
 50
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 5 pitches
Friday's Folly
 97
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Saturday's Folly
 41
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Northwest Passage
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Waiting For Columbus
 28
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Shoyu State
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Direct West Face a/k/a West…
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Feathers and Stone
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Pile In the Sky
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Third Kingdom/Papillion
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
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