The Eyes of the Canyon is a group of 3 large rocks rather than a single formation. They are located in the depths of Bluebell Canyon to the left of the Third.
As seen from the East between the Third and Fourth Flatirons one can see two slender formations: the highest and furthest South is the Willy B, the next one, lower on the mountain and further North is the Thing or Morning after. The Eyes of the canyon are a bit lower and further North from that.
Climbing on the Eyes can be scary due to the extreme amounts of lichen covering the rocks and the unprotected and exposed nature of a couple of the climbs. These climbs are fun and greatly coveted by slabmongers trying to checkmark all of Roach's climbs in: Flatiron Classics.
Due to the "easy" rating of the climbs some folks have been tempted to solo them only to be marooned by the moss and lichen and rescued by rope carrying friends...
Follow the Royal Arch trail until it begins to switch back out of Bluebell canyon and exit right (North) on a primitive trail. Follow this trail NW for a couple hundred feet until you reach the base of the first piece of the Eyes of the Canyon. This is the start of a 400 ft route called Lichen Wars (5.6 S).
Climb Lichen Wars or continue hiking up to the left of this first piece and work your way South West on the trail leading to the Thing. After hiking for some 500 feet the other two large formations will come into view. The first one on the left is the start of Blinded, a 200 ft climb. Hike up and right from the base of that climb for 50 feet to another rock and find the start of Sight Fight. This last route leads to the highest summit of The Eyes and provides, as mentioned by Roach the: "Best view in the World of the Southwest side of the Third Flatiron."
This route is a fun 300+ ft scramble up the East face of the northenmost piece of the Eyes (see approach on the rock description)Unlike the other two rocks, there is less lichen on this rock.Start at the foot of the face and scramble up following a trough. Reach a ledge/summit full of boulders and broken pieces and work your way left to a large boulder / Flatiron piece. This is the summit block and it is the tallest rock of the Eyes. Climb up a large crack on the North side and traverse left on ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO