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Angel's Wings aka Devil's Wings Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 39.9564, -105.2911 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 1, 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.

Climbing Season

For the South area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Angel's Wings aka Devil's Wings

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Angel's Wings aka Devil's Wings:
North Wing Center   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   
The Middle Wing (4th Wing)   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R     Trad, 700'   
Second Angel's Wing (aka South Wing Right?)   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1100'   
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The Middle Wing (4th Wing) 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Angel's Wings aka Devil's W...
This is a superb route on high quality rock in an outstanding location. The rock is similar to that of the 3rd Flatiron, though much less travelled.There seem to be many approach routes, none of which are particularly quick. One way is to first climb 'The Keel' (1000 feet 4th class), then contour approximately 300 feet South from the summit of The Keel to reach a distinctly separate rock from 'The North Wing'.Alternatively, scramble up the talus field which runs paralle...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Devil's Wings as seen from the East.
The Devil's Wings as seen from the East.
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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 3, 2002
An interesting ice route sometimes forms on the Angel Wing at the top of the diagonal scree slope.
By neil chelton
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 9, 2010
The Angel's Wings are also known as the Devil's Wings.
By Richard Radcliffe
From: Louisville, CO
Oct 15, 2011
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.

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