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Routes in Front Porch

East Face Center T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
East Face South Side/Front Porch T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Northeast Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Tiptoe Slab T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
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Front Porch is the northermost Flatiron in the first tier on Dinosaur Mountain. The east slab is about 400 feet long. The majority of the routes on this rock are in the 5.0 to 5.4 range. It is also the home to the Flatiron classic "Tiptoe Slab".

Getting There

Front Porch is best approached from the NCAR parking lot. Follow the Mallory Cave trail and head up the Porch Alley trail which leads to the southern corner of the rock. Porch Alley trail is found about 75 feet after passing the 1st gully on the Mallory Cave trail.


Scramble off the back side.

Eds. note there is a tree with a sling and mallon ring to the west of the summit.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Front Porch

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
East Face Center
Trad 4 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
Tiptoe Slab
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face Center
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad 4 pitches
Tiptoe Slab
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R Trad 3 pitches
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Standard descent: downclimb NE Ridge (long). Alternate descent: head straight west from the summit (only 50' or so) to a ledge with a pine tree with slings. Do a short rap to the west from the tree, or downclimb south past a rotten looking pillar and then follow a ramp which diagonals down to the ground (5.2?). The rock looks a little suspect in this area but is actually quite solid. Head south to join the Porch Alley Trail. Dec 11, 2002
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Anyone know what this 20 ft highball or TR is behind/W of Front Porch, N of Red Devil with a few prominent cobbles on an clean, E-facing, gently-overhanging face? Felt hard, in the low 12 range (on a cold, snowy day)? Doesn't seem to be in this database. Nov 17, 2005
Brian Hansen
West of Boulder, CO
Brian Hansen   West of Boulder, CO
The summit anchor (slings around a tree) were somewhat lacking today (May 18, 2008). Only two 1" slings with no rings or quicklink. Bring a new quicklink with you, and you can keep the leaver I left behind. May 19, 2008
Golden, CO
mt.wilson   Golden, CO
There were no slings or rings on the rap tree when as of today (4/11/10), but rapping off the tree at the top of Tiptoe was no problem. Apr 11, 2010
Adam F.  
Leo: 1 oldschool 1/4" spinner on top (in a weird location for the face)? Did this a little over 5 years ago as a TR. The top 6-8' (the crux) was not cleaned yet.

Stellar and very sequency climbing. Seemed like an FA to me, so I named it Wonderwall. Aug 31, 2010
Greg Hayman
Boulder, CO
Greg Hayman   Boulder, CO
As of 13 Sep, 2011, there are two slings with rap rings on the tree near the summit. While the downclimb to the south of the tree is technically easy, be prepared for a little exposure while navigating the suspect rock. Sep 13, 2011
Littleton, CO
ZackB   Littleton, CO
There are still bears in the area, and as of today (4/26/14) it is a mother and two cubs. Be careful about the bears, but they seem to be well accustomed to people. I put some new webbing around the tree for the rap, since there wasn't anything there. Apr 27, 2014
Golden, CO
Josh   Golden, CO
FYI, the pine tree for the standard rappel off the summit is now dead. It's base is grown around the edge of a large, moving boulder, which is slung along with the tree itself, so together these two seem to constitute an adequate rap anchor. HOWEVER, there is a wasp colony in the top of the dead tree, so DON'T go banging on the tree to find out how hollow it sounds, like we did. Turns out wasps don't like vibrations being sent through their nests....

(Also, we added some more good cord to the anchor.) Sep 3, 2017

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