Elevation: 6,950 ft
GPS: 39.98, -105.29 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Shields on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

This rock is mostly lower-angled slabs of Fountain Formation sandstone with decent to excellent opportunities for protection (some runouts possible but the angle is VERY low here). Great area to practice placing pro on lead and it gets lots of sunny exposure (east-facing). Climbs here range from 5.0 to 5.14, with the moderate routes on the east face and a handful of steep, more difficult sport climbs (and one mixed climb) on the west face.

Getting There

Follow Table Mesa Rd. to its end at NCAR. Park at NCAR and take the NCAR/Mallory Cave Trail (trailhead on west end of parking lot, entrance) to the Mesa Trail intersection, about 0.75 miles from the parking lot. Take the Mesa Trail north and it will very quickly dip down into Skunk Canyon; cross the bridge, then after two switchbacks go around a fence/low rock wall and head west on the climber's trail into Skunk Canyon proper. 

Follow this about 250 yards into the mouth of the canyon, noting some pink Dakota sandstone slabs leading north up the first proper ridge on your right. Take the established climber's trail immediately west of these, beginning steeply on slabs and talus then zigzagging up the hill toward the toe of the rock, and the east-face routes. DO NOT CONTINUE WEST TO THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED SOCIAL TRAIL IN THE TREES JUST EAST OF RIDGE 1/THE GUARDIAN. This trail has turned very quickly into an erosion nightmare, and is not sustainable. OSMP and the City of Boulder would prefer that we not approach this way, but instead use the compacted, established approach trail to the east, which has been there for decades.

For the west-face sport climbs, pass a short boulder problem on your right then hug the south face of Hillbilly Rock in the gully, eventually bending around to the west face.

This crag has become too popular for its small size, and climbers have, despite repeated admonitions, created a new social trail to get there that’s creating erosion issues and that OSMP is not happy about. In order to keep access copacetic and ensure the future of new-routing at this and other cliffs, climbers are asked to use the original approach trail, to the East Face of Hillbilly, moving along the eastern edge of the big gully running north-to-south up to the toe of the rock. Cairns have been placed on the talus and rock slabs marking the beginning of this approach. Please leave these in place or feel free to add others to mark the route. 

The Flatirons Climbing Council is hoping to have a trail day with OSMP up there this year—to block off the new trail and shore up the old one and more clearly designate access. In the meantime, be extra careful about limiting erosion, and any help in blocking off the new social trail is also appreciated.

18 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hillbilly Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
 16
East Face Center/Hillbilly
Trad 2 pitches
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 24
Billy Goat Arete
Trad 2 pitches
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
 29
East Face South Side/Hillbilly
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
 7
Jethro
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 4
Jessica's Line (aka HBF Front Bo…
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Hillbilly Warm-up
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
West Face Right
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 20
West Face
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 45
Horsefly Hootenanny
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 62
Uncle Dad
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 7
Tiger King
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 12
Nephson
Sport
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 4
Joe Exotic
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face Center/Hillbilly
 16
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Trad 2 pitches
Billy Goat Arete
 24
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad 2 pitches
East Face South Side/Hillbilly
 29
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R Trad 3 pitches
Jethro
 7
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad
Jessica's Line (aka HBF Fro…
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
Hillbilly Warm-up
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
West Face Right
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
West Face
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Horsefly Hootenanny
 45
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Uncle Dad
 62
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Tiger King
 7
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Nephson
 12
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Joe Exotic
 4
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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