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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 31, 2002
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These are 5 huge wings that point towards the summit ridge South of Bear Peak just NE of South Boulder Peak. There is mention of these in Rossiter's guide; however, there seems little other documentation. These are big slabs. The 2nd from the left sports an 8 1/2 pitch (50m rope) climb. These must have been climbed over the years by others than us. It is a long walk, but there is good adventure slabbing. In the winter these really do look like angel's wings.

Per Tony B: The Devil's Wings are one of the largest formations in the Flatirons. Their remote location, long approach and lack of distinct route publications have also made them one of the least seldom visited despite the excellent rock and great views.

The rock is huge - the wings together have a surface area rivaling the First, Third, and Fourth Flatirons and perhaps even The Slab. They are perhaps 700 feet tall or longer and span almost a quarter mile at the base. The two distinct halves are split up the 'spine' in the center, with each half, north and south dropping in elevation eastward from the center at the base.

The rock gets light from dawn until the sun passes westward over the peaks of the mountains - when all East Face flatirons get shade. The rock is almost perfect - rivaling the quality of the 1st and 3rd Flatirons. Nearing the very top, some needles dropping from Juniper bushes are a minor menace in spots if not carefully avoided.

Addendum: these have subsequently been called Devil's Wings as well. Two submissions are combined here.

Getting There

From the Mesa Trail, find yourself below these giant slabs, North of Shadow Canyon, North of The Maiden, near the Flying Flatiron. This involves a significant bushwhack up the hill. From the top, you can traverse across to the top of Shadow Canyon and hike down the trail.

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An interesting ice route sometimes forms on the Angel Wing at the top of the diagonal scree slope. Apr 3, 2002
neil chelton
Boulder, CO
neil chelton   Boulder, CO
The Angel's Wings are also known as the Devil's Wings. Dec 9, 2010
Richard Radcliffe
Louisville, CO
Richard Radcliffe   Louisville, CO
Devil's Wings? I always knew this as Angel's Wings from at least as far back as 1987. I think I got the name from Roach's book (which I don't have in front of me right now).

Anyway, as I recall, it presents excellent, remote, adventurous scrambling. Oct 15, 2011
Logan Collins
Boulder, CO
Logan Collins   Boulder, CO
There are berries ALL OVER the place this time of year. They really like to grow in the talus fields and there is the motherload of raspberries over the summit of these rocks on the southwest side of Bear mountain. You could pick berries for hours without moving more than 30 feet at the top. Jul 28, 2017