Elevation: 7,228 ft
GPS: 39.968, -105.288 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Nov 29, 1999 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

Seal Rock is one of the most visible Flatirons from Boulder with its distinctive yellow-and-orange north face. High on the south side of Bear Canyon, this rock offers east-face classics, sporty trad/headpoint climbing, and (as of 2013) two sport routes on its radically overhanging south face. There is also one sport route, the three pitch Sea of Joy on the north face, and a scary trad proposition, Archaeopteryx.

Getting There

Follow the Mesa Trail south from NCAR, passing the two sharp switchbacks that enclose the Bongo Boulder en route to the top of Radio Tower hill. Fifty yards past the turn-off for the Bear Canyon Trail, which heads west into the canyon, notice a small trail cutting up and right (west) into the trees. This unsigned trail is the Harmon Cave Trail, which takes you past the gated-up Harmon Cave and switchbacks up a steep hill to the south en route to the base of Seal Rock. Stay left for the south face routes or go right to reach Archaeopteryx and Sea of Joy on the north face.

Getting Off

Addendum: There are at least 3 ways to get off this crag from the summit. 1) You can downclimb Shortcut, 5.4. 2) You can do a 50m rappel Sea of Joy's anchor bolts (40 feet East of the summit) on the North face. Note, the rope can get stuck on the pull. 3) Supposedly, you can downclimb 40 feet to the West, then go down a ramp to the Southeast, and then rap 135 feet from an eyebolt.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Seal Rock

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 223
East Face North Side/Seal Rock
Trad 4 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 47
East Face South Side
Trad 4 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 18
Jade Gate
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 42
The Flute
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 7
The Stoop
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
The Hinge
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 12
The Perfect Storm
Sport 2 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 3
Love Wins
Sport 2 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
 26
Primate
Trad
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 7
The Yellow Door
Sport 2 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 42
Super Tuscan
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 46
Choose Life
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 8
No Philter
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 23
Thunder Muscle
Sport
5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
 9
I Am The Walrus
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face North Side/Seal Rock
 223
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
East Face South Side
 47
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
Jade Gate
 18
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
The Flute
 42
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Stoop
 7
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Hinge
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Perfect Storm
 12
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport 2 pitches
Love Wins
 3
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport 2 pitches
Primate
 26
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13 Trad
The Yellow Door
 7
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport 2 pitches
Super Tuscan
 42
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Choose Life
 46
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
No Philter
 8
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
Thunder Muscle
 23
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
I Am The Walrus
 9
5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b Sport
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