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Dinosaur Rock

Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

Dinosaur Rock is home to a number of easy to moderate slab routes...and now some excellent sport climbs on its north face. There are a number of scrambling approaches from Bear Canyon, but the easiest approach is from the Mallory Cave Trail. There a couple variations on the east face and a couple on the south.

The standard descent route is to downclimb the west face route (5.0). There is a tree about 30 feet down this route that can be used for a single rope rap. There are bolted anchors on the north face.

Getting There

Park at NCAR, and follow the Mallory Cave Trail past Square Rock. The first major rock formation that the trail runs into is Dinosaur Rock. There will be a sign near the base showing the bird closures around Bear Creak Spire in the Spring. A good trail leads you to the east and south faces. The approach time is 30-40 minutes. Count on some extra time to get to the west face climbs.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Pink Man's Burden
Sport 2 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 6
Dinosaur Tracks
Trad 3 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 6
Rug Munchers
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 23
East Face/Dinosaur Rock
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 11
East Face Right/Dinosaur Rock
Trad 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 76
Pretty in Pinkler
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 158
The Shaft
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 113
Patience Face
Sport, TR
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 78
Milk Bone
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 84
Ultrasaurus (aka Uber-Pwnage)
Sport
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 7
Jurassic Park
Sport 5 pitches
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
 11
West Face [Dinosaur Rock]
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 2
Dinosaur Jr.
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Tracks are for Kids
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 52
Big Bob Cranks
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 26
Triceratops Tracks
Sport, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
South Ramps
Trad
 5
East Bone
Trad
 2
West Bone
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pink Man's Burden
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Dinosaur Tracks
 6
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 3 pitches
Rug Munchers
 6
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad 2 pitches
East Face/Dinosaur Rock
 23
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 2 pitches
East Face Right/Dinosaur Rock
 11
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Pretty in Pinkler
 76
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
The Shaft
 158
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, TR
Patience Face
 113
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Milk Bone
 78
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ultrasaurus (aka Uber-Pwnage)
 84
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Jurassic Park
 7
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport 5 pitches
West Face [Dinosaur Rock]
 11
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad 2 pitches
Dinosaur Jr.
 2
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Tracks are for Kids
 63
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Big Bob Cranks
 52
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Triceratops Tracks
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Sport, TR
South Ramps
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
East Bone
 5
Trad
West Bone
 2
Trad

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Added text identifying formations on Dinosaur Mountain.
[Hide Photo] Added text identifying formations on Dinosaur Mountain.
Photo of the new staging area at the base of Dinosaur Rock.
[Hide Photo] Photo of the new staging area at the base of Dinosaur Rock.
View on Dinosaur Mtn. from Seal Rock.
[Hide Photo] View on Dinosaur Mtn. from Seal Rock.
Dinosaur Rock from the NCAR trail- Pretty Sweet!  Climber in red is on Milkbone.
[Hide Photo] Dinosaur Rock from the NCAR trail- Pretty Sweet! Climber in red is on Milkbone.
Dinosaur Mountain with Dinosaur Rock in the lower left hand forefront.
[Hide Photo] Dinosaur Mountain with Dinosaur Rock in the lower left hand forefront.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Aimee Rose
Bend, or
[Hide Comment] How far is the approach? Is the base rather flat or rocky? Thanks for any beta. Apr 27, 2011
[Hide Comment] 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how fast you're hiking. There is a larger, flatter staging area for The Shaft, then a narrow (but flat) staging area for the other two, Milk Bone and Ultrasaurus. Flat ground, not that rocky, in both cases. Apr 27, 2011
[Hide Comment] An application for a new lead climb on the North Face of Dinosaur Rock can be found here:

flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo…

It has been submitted for the Flatirons Climbing Council FHRC cycle ending June 15. Any other new-route applications must be in by that date to be considered for this cycle. More info here: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo…

Time and date of the FHRC vote and public meeting to be announced. May 28, 2011
reboot
.
[Hide Comment] Was up there 6/4/11. With the Rifle flooding closure, I encountered 15-20 (including myself) people at the crag on 4 routes. A bit crowded yes, but what worried me was the noise everyone (myself included) generated. Some hikers came down and inquired me about whether there was an accident (probably from an agonizing unsend). What I'm trying to say is as the crag is right off the trail, it would behoove everyone to be discrete while there. Jun 5, 2011
[Hide Comment] The Fixed Hardware Review Committee of the Flatirons Climbing Council will hold its public meeting Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado, to discuss and vote on applications for the June 2011 cycle. Anyone interested is invited to come participate and cast votes for the only proposal submitted so far (for Dinosaur Rock), which can be found here: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo….
You can also leave comments on the proposed climb at the above link. Jun 10, 2011
[Hide Comment] Five applications have been submitted to the Fixed Hardware Review Committee (FHRC) of the Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) for the September 2011 voting cycle:

•Two applications for new climbs, a 5.11 on the Slab and a 5.10 on Dinosaur Rock
•Two applications to add new, lower first bolts to the existing climbs Touch Monkey, a 5.11b on Der Zerkle, Dinosaur Mountain and to Short Attention Span, a 5.11d on Overhang Rock, Bear Canyon.
•One application to add an anchor to the existing climb Big Bob Cranks on Dinosaur Rock.

To view and comment on these four applications, please visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo…

The vote and public meeting for this cycle will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado. Anyone interested in voting on and discussing these applications is encouraged to attend! Nov 7, 2011
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] This has to be one of the best crags in all of Colorado. It's very impressive, the routes are pretty sustained, many are a full 35 meters, and they are super good climbing. The Shaft, Patience Face, Milkbone and Ultrasaurus are all standout routes that would be amazing anywhere, and all of them happen to be right next to each other. Aug 22, 2012
michalm
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Somebody left a draw on the last bolt of Patience Face. If it is yours and you can identify it, I will return it to you. Jul 7, 2014
[Hide Comment] There are a handful of new-route applications for the Autumn 2014 cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Committee's Fixed Hardware Review Committee, including one on the Matron. We will be holding a public meeting and vote on these climbs on Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym in Boulder. Please visit: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wo…
to review and leave comments on the applications. Aug 4, 2014
[Hide Comment] The Flatirons Climbing Council and OSMP hosted a volunteer trail project at Dinosaur Rock last week. With the help of a lot of great volunteers, we were able to install 5 gabions to create a flat, stable staging area at the base of the crag. The east face of the gabions was camouflaged with fallen timber from the area, and the surface was filled in with dirt and small rocks. It looks fantastic! We also eliminated and restored multiple social trails along the Mallory Cave trail and installed about 15 steps and new staging areas up at Der Zerkle. Jul 12, 2016
John RB
Superior, CO
[Hide Comment] Given the number of comments (esp. on Milkbone and Ultra) about people leaving fixed draws, I wonder if a sign could be professionally made and posted at the base of those routes to please not leave draws or ticks on the routes due to their visual impact, be respectful to hikers, try not to scream profanities, etc. I'd hate to see Dino get closed after all the hard work you guys have put in. May 10, 2018