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Areas in Skunk Canyon

Argonaut, The 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven 17 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Ridge 4 aka Mohling Arete 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6

Description

This is a organizational entry to assist with those trying to find the 4 ridges of Skunk Canyon upon suggestion by one of our users. This area is subject to seasonal closures on Ridge 2, 3, & 4 (typically Feb 1- July 31).

Here you will find 1 - 8 pitch routes. There are climbs from 5.0 to 5.14a here. Most routes are on the adventurous side. You will find predominantly traditionally-protected routes, so bring your rack if you rope up. Probably, the most popular routes here are Stairway to Heaven, 5.4, Satan's Slab, 5.8 S, Angel's Way, 5.2, & Mohling Arete, 5.5 S. There is room for new routes here.

This a fairly infrequently visited area, so you will likely find solitude here. If you venture west of Ridge Four, you will likely find yourself in one of the least visited locales in the Boulder area.

Note, the area is rather full of poison ivy, for those who are sensitive. Also, there are bears & mountain lions known to habit these parts.
Some crags in this area are closed 1 February to 31 July: Details
Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Getting There

The most rapid access to this area is to park at the NCAR parking lot at the top of Table Mesa. Hike W toward the Mesa Trail. Hike N on the Mesa Trail toward Skunk Canyon. There are various trails heading W into the bottom of Skunk Canyon. Head W. Expect 30-60 minutes for the approach depending on the route.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Skunk Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Angel's Way
Trad 8 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
Enchanted Devil
Trad 2 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Stairway to Heaven
Trad 6 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Love
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Mohling Arete
Trad 10 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Purgatory
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
666
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Satan's Slab
Trad 8 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Armed Forces
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
The Guardian
Sport
Angel's Way Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad 8 pitches
Enchanted Devil Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R Trad 2 pitches
Stairway to Heaven Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches
Love Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
Mohling Arete Ridge 4 aka Mohling Arete 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad 10 pitches
Purgatory Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 3 pitches
666 Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad
Satan's Slab Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 8 pitches
Armed Forces Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Guardian Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! At least, no tigers in this canyon, but poison ivy makes up for it, I guess. Sep 28, 2016
Mark Roth
Boulder
Mark Roth   Boulder
On September 17th, there was a volunteer bolt replacement event. Every bolt in Skunk Canyon was replaced (except for The Inferno).

flatironsclimbing.org/skunk… Sep 20, 2016
Bear seen in Skunk Canyon 5/26/13 from about 300 ft away. He was on the climbing trail usually used to access Angel's Way. May 28, 2013

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