Elevation: 6,760 ft
GPS: 39.979, -105.29 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mark Oveson on Apr 18, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Access Issue: 2018 Raptor Closure Lifted Details
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

This is the first major ridge ascending out of Skunk Canyon on the right (north) side. Quality of the rock is very good--perhaps slightly better than "average" Flatiron rock. Routes range from the classic 1000'+ slab and ridge climb called Stairway to Heaven (5.2-ish, but mostly 3rd/4th class) to the enjoyable Love (5.4) and Better Than Love (5.5) on the west side of the rock, to the massively overhanging Guardian (5.12).

The rock gets few visitors, but the Colorado Mountain Club occasionally climbs Stairway to Heaven with groups of 10 climbers or more. Other than those times, it is a quiet and beautiful place to climb. Views of Satan's Slab [on Ridge Two] to the west, particularly from Better Than Love, are stunning.

[Ridge One] is notable in that it is the only ridge in Skunk Canyon that DOES NOT close for raptor nesting.

Getting There

From the NCAR trailhead, hike to the Mesa Trail, go north, and cross the Skunk Canyon creek. Continue steeply up a few switchbacks until you can see a faint trail heading into the canyon. You may have to climb over or around a log fence to reach the trail. If you reach the point where the Mesa Trail flattens out and heads east out of the canyon, you went too far (but not by much).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven

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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 93
Stairway to Heaven
Trad 6 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 25
Love
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Armed Forces
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 5
The Guardian
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stairway to Heaven
 93
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches
Love
 25
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
Armed Forces
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Guardian
 5
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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