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Babyhorn Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,384'
Location: 39.9746, -105.2866 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Feb 24, 2002

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  • Description 

    Babyhorn is a tiny Flatiron just past Square Rock and before Dinosaur/Der Zerkle. This is a great introduction to climbing for the new climber/new child climber. This has perhaps a total of 30 feet of climbing that is not intimidating, even to a 5 year old. This was where I took my then 5 year old and then later, my 3 1/2 year old, for their 1st true "rock climbs."

    The East slab has a fun, 2 star, 4th class route, the NE face has a 5.4 route, the West rib has a 5.7 route & a 5.6 arete variation.

    The SW face at least 6 lines/problems. The obvious 5.9 slab is described in R. Rossiter's terrific Boulder Climbs North. To its left is a 5.10 variation. To its right (moving R to L) are 5.8 line on a minor arete, a 5.8 in a shallow dihedral, a 5.11-? boulder problem, and a 5.10 boulder problem with a painful, small L hand 2-finger pocket.

    There is a single bolt with a SMC hanger on top but also another hole with a sheath, but no bolt. It has been updated. It is best to belay from above.

    Getting There 

    Go to Boulder, get off US 36 at Table Mesa (redundant?) and go west, go past CO 93, up the hill, bear right, and follow this up to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). Park. Hike west, go onto the wooded mesa via the Robert Orr Trail, follow signs to the Mesa trail, pass a big water tank, continue west to gain the Mallory Cave Trail. Beware of poison ivy along the edges of the trail. Go past Square Rock, and you are there. Perhaps 1 mile, maybe less.

    Note, sadly there are now fences indicating people are not allowed onto Babyhorn, maybe with the exception of the East Face route?

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.9 miles from here

    5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Kira, 4, climbing.

    East Face/Babyhorn 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Babyhorn
    This is a nice, non-intimidating slab introduction for kids in the 3-6 year range. My oldest daughter liked it so much she did it 3 times as her first true rock climb at age 5 & my youngest did it twice at 3 1/2. Perhaps all of 30 feet. 1 bolt on top to belay, so I'd recommend a belay from above (great for high fives or hugs). Note, in the direct sun of summer the rock can heat up for tender fingers. There is a little NE face under some branches offering a bit of shade with 5.4 climbing if ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Jason Haas
    Aug 13, 2007
    The half pulled out and bent anchor bolt has been replaced with a stainless steel Fixe bolt for your climbing pleasure. This was done legally through the bolt replacement application processes with the OSMP.

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