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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 1969
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Observatory Rock is composed of typical, and excellent, SSV granite. The crag faces South and Southeast providing cool climbing in the afternoon. It presently hosts fewer than a dozen described routes, and some combination of guides is probably useful for orientation. I have found the Falcon Guide by Peter Hubbel to contain more route descriptions than other sources; however, much of this is misleading. For example, routes listed as 130 feet long have turned out to be more like 65 feet long (truly). Routes span the gamut in terms of difficulty with 5.7 and 5.8 trad or 5.12d sport, although there are not many at any grade. The crag is well worth a day's visit.

Getting There

5.1 miles up the South Saint Vrain Canyon, via CO Highway 7, is a large pull-out on the right side of the road. This can be used for parking for Observatory Rock and the Narrows. Observatory Rock is directly above the parking and has a 5 minute approach.

Per Matt B: the nearby landowner believes this lies on his property, though NFS maps seem to contradict this. This crag should only be approached from the West to stay away from his property as much as possible. Keep a low profile.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Observatory Rock

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Original Route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
99% Pure
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Stargazing
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Skin Mechanic
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Flop, The
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Panic in the Gray Womb
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Original Route
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
99% Pure
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Stargazing
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Skin Mechanic
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Flop, The
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Panic in the Gray Womb
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
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