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Ridge 4 aka Mohling Arete

Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Skunk Canyon
Access Issue: 2018 Raptor Closure Lifted Details
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

The fourth of four main ridges on the north side of Skunk Canyon as you bushwack in. Almost all the routes are on the west face, none of which I have done. It's pretty and remote, with beautiful views of the Sacred Cliffs.

Getting There

Take the Mesa trail to skunk canyon. North of NCAR where the trail dives down and then back up, follow it up the switchbacks until the last one, then take the trail around the fence and head back into skunk canyon. You'll stay on the right side of the canyon for a while, then abruptly switch to the left side about 15 feet above the creek. After 500 yards you'll come to an incredibly huge boulder forming a cave with a wall on the south side of the creek. You can cruise through this cave via a small hole (low 5th class) or go around to the right. From here, continue another 300 yards up and right.

The base of the east face is a very low angled slab with a roof ending on the east end with a flaring crack running out of that corner. About 50 feet above that corner you can see a crack/flake system about 20 feet above the ground that leads up to the ridge.

For descent, you can scramble down the gullies on either side of the rock, or continue up to the pinnacle above you. We elected to bushwack from there n/nw, meeting up with the Green Mountain trail just before the summit. Not sure that this is the most efficient way of getting home...

Routes from Left to Right

5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 1
Anthem To the Sun
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 1
Carrot Flake
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Dialing For Dollars
Trad 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 1
Grande Parade
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
 16
Mohling Arete
Trad 10 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 1
Under The Influence
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Anthem To the Sun
 1
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad
Carrot Flake
 1
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Dialing For Dollars
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Grande Parade
 1
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad
Mohling Arete
 16
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad 10 pitches
Under The Influence
 1
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad

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John Baldwin on 2nd lead of Fire on the Mountain, Skunk Canyon, photo: Bob Horan.
[Hide Photo] John Baldwin on 2nd lead of Fire on the Mountain, Skunk Canyon, photo: Bob Horan.