Type: Trad, 250 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: John Chapman & Steve Hickman, 1963 (from Rossiter)?
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Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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A very strange moderate route (with an excellent 5.8+ crack variation) on the Lower Twin Owls, which is the large buttress directly below Twin Owls, and essentially connected to them. The route can be identified from the parking lot by some steep looking grooves, left of a huge corner, which reach up to the center of the Twin Owls. Take the marked approach trail which leaves the Gem Lake trail after about 50 feet. When it dies, bushwack up the hill somewhat rightward to get in an alcove at the base of the (now less-steep looking) grooves, with the large wall of the corner looming to the right.

P1 - Pick a groove fairly close to the corner, and use clever route finding to attain a perch in the corner about 100 feet up (insecure, Lumpy-style 5.6).

P2 - More of the same, to a ledge just below the top. Belay here, or climb the corner (5.6), a crack just left (5.7), or a beautiful hand crack left of that (5.8, recommended).

Descend by scrambling east along the base of Twin Owls, to pick up the eastern approach trail, or continue up a route above. If taking the easiest variation, the route is exactly 200 feet long.


Standard rack to a #3 Camalot.
The 5.8 hand crack variation on the 3rd picth was awesome. It was a great finish to a fun climb. Jul 23, 2001
Joe Keyser
Scottsdale, AZ
Joe Keyser   Scottsdale, AZ
[Definitely] do the 5.8 variation on pitch 3, [it's] very well protected, and on great rock! The first pitch seemed longer than it looked, and there is a few ways you could go, but everything seemed positive... Apr 11, 2002
My first 5.6 lead on Lumpy Ridge, and at the top I, had a smile a mile wide. Finishing in the 5.6 corner on the last pitch is still mighty fine, steep climbing and a worthwhile finish. The 5.8 finish, as I've discovered on subsequent trips, offers terrific crack climbing as well, but at a considerably stiffer standard than anything below it. Sep 25, 2003
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
A unique route that is probably a little spicier than it looks from the base. Be prepared for a bit of runout at the bottom and mischeivous cracks that lure you into them only to discover it was better on the face in the first place. Led the 5.7 finish and it was great. Good position and solid jams. By the way it is easy to combine the first two pitches into one with a 60 meter rope. All parties today were using that option. Aug 7, 2004
Alex A  
Not a good lead for someone leading at the 5.6 level.
The 5.8 finish is great. Aug 11, 2007
Grand Junction
Merlin   Grand Junction
Funky clmbing for a 5.6, not a good intro lead at the level. I seconded the 5.8 finish and stemmed up the whole thing. Sep 23, 2007
Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
Meredith DB   Boulder, CO
A great climb. The first part is definitely insecure and weird. With a 60 m rope you can do most of this in one long pitch, ending at a comfortable ledge just below the 3 exit cracks. We did the 8 finish and it was stellar. Sep 15, 2008
Kind of a tricky approach depending what side you come up from! Stellar climb kinda tricky in spots, but all the pro was great! I belayed of the tiny ledge almost a full 60m up! There's only about 15+ feet from there but figured it was a good place to take in the view! 2 thumbs up! Sep 29, 2008
Scott Matz
Loveland, CO
Scott Matz   Loveland, CO
I climbed outside of the dihedral and found it to be challenging, but just stoked to see the Owls open this time of year. These easy climbs are going to see a lot of traffic this year due to so much rain, but enjoy. Jul 6, 2009
Joe Brannan
Lyons, CO
Joe Brannan   Lyons, CO
After completing the climb in two pitches with the 5.8, we top-roped the upper options. I felt the left side crack was tougher than anything on Melvin's Wheel, unless you stem which made it much easier (5.8). Using the crack exclusively felt like 5.9. The 5.7 option had one move at that grade and the 5.6 was just fun. Oct 4, 2009
Amos Patrick
Estes Park
Amos Patrick   Estes Park
A quick(er) way back to the base is to rap off the top of Conads. If you are not familiar with where the top of Conads is, then it may be tough to find. Essentially you want to get on the west side of the little ridge you topped out on (cross over to the climbers left). You will see a steep ramp with a gaping, flaring crack running away from you (with your back is to the owls). This crack should remind you of the first pitch of Organ Pipes, but less steep. Head down that crack and you will find a nest of slings after about 50 feet. You will likely want a belay in getting to the anchors, though. Easy scrambling but there is a lot of air under you. Also, the rap from Conads is exactly 30 meters, so do not try it with a 50m rope and use some knots. Nov 5, 2009
You can run this in one pitch up the .8 finish with a 70m. Aug 30, 2010
Combine P1 and P2 with a 60. Only marginally protectable in the first 40 feet of groveling. The climbing gets better after the optional P1 belay. Definitely do the .8 exit. This stays in the shade all morning. Aug 22, 2012
Great opening route for a day at Lumpy. Hand crack variation at top highly recommended (gets the circulation flowing). Outstanding views in fall when aspens are gold.
Climbed this route with new friends in 1999. Dan's dried squid is still a belay ledge snack to remember. Enjoy! Dec 9, 2013
John mac
Boulder, CO
John mac   Boulder, CO
Don't leave anything at the base if you do the standard walkoff descent. It's a long shitty hike back around to your stuff.

I climbed first 50 ft as offwidth/ chimney staying in groove. Hardest I have ever worked for a 5.6. Plenty of pro in back of groove. Jul 26, 2015
Dom R
Bend, OR
Dom R   Bend, OR
The wide, obvious groove at the start climbs best as an OW/squeeze. I found and is pretty fair at the 5.6 grade. Secure, but a little grovelly, good gear exists in the back of the crack. There's a nice hand crack leading to the first belay ledge (when done in two pitches). Did the 5.7 to finish and also quite fun. I think the route deserves a 3 star rating. Worth doing as an afternoon romp or something if you're living in the area. Sep 7, 2016