This classic 4th Class scramble starts at the base of Hammerhead and goes up towards the obvious arch. This arch is apparently the longest arch in the Flatirons and has some great exposure once on the arch.Once on the arch continue up the line towards the notch on your left. Once at this notch climb down a bit and off the rock. At this point you have several options, one is call it quits, another is ascend the north face via a short 5.7 pitch,, and the other and probably best option is to go up the west face ledges on Yodeling Moves to get to the summit block. Once on the summit you can down climb Yodeling Moves or rap off the slings on top. Enjoy this sweet climb, truely a class 4 classic. Enjoy.
This is a class 4 route that where placing pro is unlikely due to nature of climb.
Bob and Greg starting up the arch section of the E...
Climbing above the arch.
A view down the E. Ridge from on top of the arch.
The arch from the ground.
The arch on the east face of Hammerhead.
BETA PHOTO: The start.
Ropeless on the East Ridge Route of Hammerhead.
|By Bryan Gartland|
From: Helena, MT
Sep 6, 2003
This scramble should not be missed, climbing over the arch is a blast. Before heading over the void take the time to move to the left a bit for a look at how long and skinny the span really is. I'm sure it's solid but I never feel like hanging out there for too long!
|By Mic Fairchild|
Jul 22, 2011
This is a quality little route. Nice exposure and aesthetics for an easy climb.
|By J. Fox|
From: Black Hawk, CO
Jan 31, 2012
rating: 4th 1 2 I M 1b
This was a fun one. Similar to El Camino Royale on The Regency but a tad shorter. Worth doing! A few steps north of the base of the 4th Flatiron...hard/impossible to see from the Royal Arch Trail though.