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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.
The long and indistinct approach makes them most probably unapproachable by winter. By spring to fall, one should approach as for 'The Keel' (see that page) and then either South of that rock to the South WIng, or best of all, up that rock for 1000' to reach the base of the wings, not far off of center to the North (right) side. This will certainly take more than one hour regardless of your decision on approaching via rock or 'trail.'
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Devil's Wings, Eastern Slabs:
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 CO