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FA: Unknown party ca 1911
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Shared By: George Bell on Nov 10, 2001
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Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details
Access Issue: Some crags in this area are closed 1 February to 31 July: Details


This "adventure route" is not recommended (unless you are looking for adventure). At least you will not have to wait in line. The best time of year to do this route is late fall or winter, when the poison ivy and ferns have been killed by frost. However, the middle section of the gully holds snow well and an ice axe may be needed if it has snowed a lot recently. In fact, under the right conditions this section of the route is an exciting ski descent just minutes from downtown Boulder.

This the the first major gully left of the main East Face of the 3rd, it separates the main East Face from the pinnacle known as Queen Anne's Head. Approach as for East Face Left, and walk a few hundred feet south. The base of the gully is wide and slabby and it's not obvious where to start. The easiest start is a crack system near the south side, only 40' from Queen Anne's Head. Do a short pitch (or free solo) up this crack system, then unrope and climb through a hole under a chockstone to emerge in the main gully.

Climb up the main gully, which is bushwhacking interspersed with V0 boulder problems. Soon you will enter the main gully, thrash up the ferns and ivy a few hundred feet to a slab making the start of the final chimney. Go home now unless you were planning on doing some rock climbing.

The upper chimney can be climbed in 2 long piches with a 60m rope. The rock is reasonably clean and the climbing interesting, and this climb had almost built up to one star until we ran into a 15' streak of pigeon shit we had to climb past. The climb ends at the notch of the SE Chimney, and you can either continue with that route or downclimb it. There is also an eye-bolt just north of the notch that you can rappel (west) from.

Supposedly, the date 1911 is engraved in the rock near the top of the chimney, but we did not see it.

Addendum: From J. Haas, "The name stems from a party finding "1911" engraved on a stone, similar to the slated stones in Indian Creek, at the top of the chimney. The engraved stone has been "missing" for several decades."


Standard Flatiron rack.


George, you forgot the part about "crawling on bat guano" under some boulders before entering the gully. All in all, a stylin' route.... Nov 13, 2001
This route is best combined with a climb to the summit of Queen Anne's Head. From the bottom of the rappel, scramble up 50 feet of ferns to the start of the rock in the 1911 Gully. Oct 8, 2005
Dave J  
Does anyone know where the "1911" carving is suppose to be? I climbed this route last night and couldn't find it anywhere. Sep 1, 2006
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
In Rossiter's old guide "Boulder Climbs North" you will find "... the date 1911 is engraved in the rock near the top of the chimney." However, in the more recent edition "Rock Climbing the Flatirons", this comment was removed. I perused Gerry Roach's guide and also the Pat Ament/Cleve McCarthy guide, but could find no other reference to the supposed engraving. Perhaps it has worn off, I have never found it either. Sep 6, 2006
Mic Fairchild
Mic Fairchild   Boulder
Did this after an ascent of QAH and found it enjoyable, if a bit awkward with a pack. Minimal thrashing from the QAH rapp to the start of the chimney and good climbing thereafter. Aug 14, 2011
Andy Weinmann
Silver Spring, MD
Andy Weinmann   Silver Spring, MD
I did this as a downclimb after soloing the East Face. Ugh. I missed the turn for the chimney on Slip-Slide Ledge and ended up going down this. Thought all was good when I got to the ferns...damn was I wrong. Hop-stepping over poison ivy and then found another section of rock to downclimb. Agree that this would be an adventure climb going up and should only be done in fall/winter. Sep 13, 2011
We are going to 1911 Gully in 2 weeks and will get a better description of where the carved rock is. My wife's grandfather and grandmother (MGS, FGS) carved the rock in 1911. Only have family description passed down of how to find it. Jun 10, 2012
Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder
Jim, Don't forget about the raptor closure.... Jun 10, 2012
Mark, thankfully they opened that area according to Parks and Open Space. Got up there the day fire started. Didn't find them. Initials supposed to be about 2-3" high. MSG and FGM then 1911. Supposed to be on front surface of Flatiron, and MSG took his kids up one at a time because too narrow and dangerous for more than one. Used chisel so would not wear away and in place where wouldn't get covered by rockfall.
Access from top of chimney his daughter thinks but not totally sure. Looking for old photo she has. If park opens, we may try again tomorrow. Jun 27, 2012
Superior, CO
Wayne DENSMORE   Superior, CO
Strange, they haven't posted anything on it opening yet. According to the website it's still closed.

bouldercolorado.gov/index.p… Jun 28, 2012
Tony T.
Denver, CO
Tony T.   Denver, CO
It cannot be overstated enough, there are large patches of poison ivy up to 3 feet tall in places. It is literally impossible to avoid contact with the poison ivy. Whatever you do, no matter how much of a pinch you are in on left side/southeast side of the Third Flatiron, don't ever rappel into this gully in the spring or summer or before the first frost. I can't believe the Sharp End guidebook doesn't mention the poison ivy, and I feel like it's irresponsible not to. Aug 20, 2014
Combines well with Queen Anne's Head with the rappel avoiding much of the bushwhacking. The descent also puts you at Winky Woo, which is a nice add on. The climb is water polished with some loose chimneying. A pack is not recommended. I thought it was decently scenic and unique-ish for the Flatirons, though I doubt I'd ever repeat it. There are inscriptions on climber's right in the chimney. I want to say roughly 2/3 the way up the rock chimney bits. Jan 15, 2018
Shay Subramanian
Denver, CO
Shay Subramanian   Denver, CO
Intended to downclimb Southwest Chimney after soloing the Standard Route and somehow ended up on this instead. One of the worst downclimbs of my entire life. I only realized I wasn't in the SW Chimney about halfway down, and by then I was committed. Chossy, grass, bird shit on route, and highly exposed in certain sections. Then when I finally reached the poison ivy, I thought I was done, bushwhacked through about a hundred feet of it in shorts and a t-shirt, and then realized I had to traverse across and up the East Face back to the start of the Standard Route where I'd left my things! It was quite the adventure!...but never again. Sep 10, 2018