There are many rocks to explore in this area. In fact, this section of the Flatirions probably hosts the greatest number of distinct crags in the Flatirons. It is complex enough that even locals will get lost when climbing the more obscure crags here. The "Central" zone spans Bear Canyon arbitrarily to the Ironing Boards (just S. of the 3rd Flatiron). Those seeking solitude can find it here at the less-popular crags. Slabmongers can have many field days exploring the numerous mini Flatirons, and there's a lots of trad routes and even some sport routes among these rocks. There's even room for new routing. Have fun in this scenic setting.
The main starting points are from NCAR (at the terminus of Table Mesa) for rocks near Dinosaur Mt/Skunk Canyon or possibly Chautauqua (off Baseline near 9th Ave) for rocks near the Ironing Boards. See specific rock pages for directions.
Various of the Flatirons are closed for falcon nesting from Feb 1 up to July 31 and for bat nesting Apr 1 to Aug 31. Historically, some of these in this area have included Bear Creek Spire, Harmon Cave (bats), East Face of The Hand (bats), East Face of The Finger Flatiron (bats), East Face of Der Zerkle (bats), Dreadnaught, Achean Pronoucement, Skunk Canyon Ridge 2 & west, Sacred Cliffs, and possibly others.
Mallory Cave is permanently closed to human use to reduce the chance of introducing white-nose syndrome.
Please check with city of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks at 303-441-3440 before heading up there. Also, 303.441.4060 ext 420 & x 416 can provide information.
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|By Leo Paik|
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 22, 2014
As of April 22, Kira reports seeing 2 rattlesnakes near the trailhead before the descent to the saddle before getting to the green water tank.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jan 20, 2004
I went for a hike in the Flatirons the other day and had a look at the route Watchmaker steady. It kinda looks like those holds were chiseled seeing as they don't look anything like any of the other features on the rock. Not only that but for a few body lengths the route looks very ladder like, and yet this route is not on the manufactured routes list. Is it natural?
|By Guy H.|
From: Fort Collins CO
Dec 13, 2004
Access to Shunk and Shadow Canyon will also be affected by the OSMP visitor plan. Please review the plan's details and phone/email the council members about your concerns.
Dec 13, 2004
Guy- you are mistaken. Shadow and Skunk Canyon are not in the proposed HCA areas. The affected areas include Eldorado Mountain and the west side of Boulder/Green Mountains.
See the map of the management zones (the HCAs colored green are the areas closed to off-trail use) at:
|By Guy H.|
From: Fort Collins CO
Dec 14, 2004
AC, I found the following comment in the pointer listed below.
"Implement a permit system for climbs in lower Skunk Canyon and south of Shadow Canyon." pg15
I am really not sure which areas would be affected by this permit system, or whether this document is part of the VMP.
|By Paul Glover|
Sep 7, 2009
Someone recently ticked the hell out of Milk Bone. Giant, foot long ticks clearly visible from the trail. Overticking is super lame to begin with and draws attention to the crag and our scene which we need to keep super low key so we can keep this new-routing thing going. Someone has had their draws on this route for over a month now. Whoever it is please remove your draws so we don't attract negative flack from hikers or rangers. If you need to hang the draws it is easy to 4th class to the summit of Dino from the west and do a short rap off a giant flake to the anchors. And be cool to hikers no matter what retarded yum-yums they are.
Jul 24, 2010
Two new applications have come in so far for the September 15 cycle (close of the deadline) for the Flatirons Fixed Hardware Review Committee. Others might come along in the next month or two, as well.
Please go here to leave comments: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>
Date of the public meeting/vote to be announced in September.
Oct 12, 2010
The Fixed Hardware Review Committee of the Flatirons Climbing Council will hold its public meeting Wednesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado, to discuss and vote on applications for the autumn 2010 cycle. Anyone interested is invited to come participate and cast votes for the three proposals, which can be found here: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>
Jun 24, 2011
The Fixed Hardware Review Committee of the Flatirons Climbing Council will hold its public meeting Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at The Spot Gym, Boulder, Colorado, to discuss and vote on applications for the June 2011 cycle. Anyone interested is invited to come participate and cast votes for the three proposals (one of which is on Dinosaur Rock), which can be found here: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>.
You can also leave comments on the proposed applications at the above link.