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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

    Weather station 1.6 miles from here

    3 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['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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    Second Angel's Wing (aka South Wing Right?) 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Angel's Wings aka Devil's W...
    Hey, does anyone know of previously done rock routes here? There is potential for 9 pitch slab routes in a close but remote feeling location. These 5 wings are just south of Bear Peak, near the summit ridge, facing East. They are probably most angelic when dusted with powder.Approach as if headed to Shadow Canyon area. We parked at the new Mesa Trailhead about a mile outside of Eldorado Springs on CO Hwy 170. Hike up South Mesa trail to Big Bluestem, head North, pass the Maiden, then bushwh...[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.
    By Logan Collins
    Jul 28, 2017
    There are berries ALL OVER the place this time of year. They really like to grow in the talus fields and there is the motherload of raspberries over the summit of these rocks on the southwest side of Bear mountain. You could pick berries for hours without moving more than 30 feet at the top.

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