Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 39.963, -105.287 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Nov 29, 1999
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

The slab is the widest (broadest) chunk of stone in the Flatirons with endless possibilites for 5.3-5.6 slabmongering on its expansive, 500-foot-tall east face. It sits in a pleasant location at the mouth of Fern Canyon and offers great views to the east and south from its summit ridge.

In addition, the north and west faces are host to a handful of great sport routes in the 5.11+ to 5.12 range on steep, bomber stone. Bouldering possibilities can be found in the trees below and to the south and west of the slab.

To descend the east face routes, scramble south along the crest of The Slab until it's possible to either downclimb or execute a short rappel from a prominent notch near the terminus of the crest.

Getting There

The most direct approach to the slab is via the North Shanahan Ridge Trail. Drive west on Table Mesa from Broadway and turn left (south) on Lehigh. Drive most of the way up the hill and turn right on Cragmoor, which dead ends after two blocks.

Park in the dead end and follow a trail west and uphill to the mesa above you. From here, continue west 20-30 minutes along the very wide North Shanahan Ridge Trail, passing a junction with the Mesa Trail en route. The Slab rears up ahead of you the further west you go; if you descend north into a gully you've just passed it!

For the east face routes cut left (south) off the main trail onto a climber's path through the ferns. To access the north and west sides, continue along the Shanahan Ridge Trail another 2 minutes (thru the gully) until you hit the Fern Canyon Trail. Follow this up and steeply west for 3-4 minutes until it makes sense to head south (left) across a talus-filled bench to reach the routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
 51
Diagonal
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 83
Hippopotamus
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 36
Sump Pump
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 40
Prime the Pump (Pitch 1)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 81
Just Another Boy's Climb
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 65
Family Man
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 85
Shalohsh
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 179
Undertow
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 86
Boys with Power Toys
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 55
Film Noir
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 25
Prime the Pump
Sport 2 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 107
Pumpy Overhang
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 34
Whipped Cream
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 62
Steep Face
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 22
The Hunger
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Diagonal
 51
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R Trad
Hippopotamus
 83
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Sump Pump
 36
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Prime the Pump (Pitch 1)
 40
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Just Another Boy's Climb
 81
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Family Man
 65
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Shalohsh
 85
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Undertow
 179
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Boys with Power Toys
 86
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Film Noir
 55
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Prime the Pump
 25
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport 2 pitches
Pumpy Overhang
 107
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Whipped Cream
 34
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Steep Face
 62
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
The Hunger
 22
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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