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Front Porch Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,750'
Location: 39.9766, -105.2882 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Front Porch is the northermost Flatiron in the first tier on Dinosaur Mountain. The east slab is about 400 feet long. The majority of the routes on this rock are in the 5.0 to 5.4 range. It is also the home to the Flatiron classic "Tiptoe Slab".

    Getting There 

    Front Porch is best approached from the NCAR parking lot. Follow the Mallory Cave trail and head up the Porch Alley trail which leads to the southern corner of the rock. Porch Alley trail is found about 75 feet after passing the 1st gully on the Mallory Cave trail.


    Scramble off the back side.

    Eds. note there is a tree with a sling and mallon ring to the west of the summit.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 3.0 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Front Porch

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Front Porch:
    East Face Center   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
    Tiptoe Slab   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Warren Teissier slabbing on the Front Porch.

    East Face South Side/Front Porch 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Front Porch
    This route follows the left side of the East face until it reached the Southeast ridge. From there, it follows the ridge past two notches to the summit.Start at the low point of the rock, near the South (left side). Work your way to the ridge near a large pine tree. From there, follow a slot/chimney to the a large ledge. Alternatively, exit the slot to the right and climb the face to the top of a pinnacle and traverse left back into the slot and onto the ledge.Crank up the short, south-facing he...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Dec 11, 2002
    Standard descent: downclimb NE Ridge (long). Alternate descent: head straight west from the summit (only 50' or so) to a ledge with a pine tree with slings. Do a short rap to the west from the tree, or downclimb south past a rotten looking pillar and then follow a ramp which diagonals down to the ground (5.2?). The rock looks a little suspect in this area but is actually quite solid. Head south to join the Porch Alley Trail.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Nov 17, 2005
    Anyone know what this 20 ft highball or TR is behind/W of Front Porch, N of Red Devil with a few prominent cobbles on an clean, E-facing, gently-overhanging face? Felt hard, in the low 12 range (on a cold, snowy day)? Doesn't seem to be in this database.
    By Brian Hansen
    From: West of Boulder, CO
    May 19, 2008
    The summit anchor (slings around a tree) were somewhat lacking today (May 18, 2008). Only two 1" slings with no rings or quicklink. Bring a new quicklink with you, and you can keep the leaver I left behind.
    By mt.wilson
    From: Denver
    Apr 11, 2010
    There were no slings or rings on the rap tree when as of today (4/11/10), but rapping off the tree at the top of Tiptoe was no problem.
    By Adam F.
    Aug 31, 2010
    Leo: 1 oldschool 1/4" spinner on top (in a weird location for the face)? Did this a little over 5 years ago as a TR. The top 6-8' (the crux) was not cleaned yet.

    Stellar and very sequency climbing. Seemed like an FA to me, so I named it Wonderwall.
    By Greg Hayman
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 13, 2011
    As of 13 Sep, 2011, there are two slings with rap rings on the tree near the summit. While the downclimb to the south of the tree is technically easy, be prepared for a little exposure while navigating the suspect rock.
    By ZackB
    From: Littleton, CO
    Apr 27, 2014
    There are still bears in the area, and as of today (4/26/14) it is a mother and two cubs. Be careful about the bears, but they seem to be well accustomed to people. I put some new webbing around the tree for the rap, since there wasn't anything there.
    By Josh
    From: Golden, CO
    Sep 3, 2017
    FYI, the pine tree for the standard rappel off the summit is now dead. It's base is grown around the edge of a large, moving boulder, which is slung along with the tree itself, so together these two seem to constitute an adequate rap anchor. HOWEVER, there is a wasp colony in the top of the dead tree, so DON'T go banging on the tree to find out how hollow it sounds, like we did. Turns out wasps don't like vibrations being sent through their nests....

    (Also, we added some more good cord to the anchor.)

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