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".
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.
This climb starts about 250 feet from the southernmost point of the rock, just up hill from a right facing dihedral.P1: ascend a wonderful, clean slab for 120 feet. At the 70 foot level there is a very old bolt, this is the only protection on this pitch until you get to the 100 foot level. Belay at the top of the right-facing dihedral on the left.P2: make an ascending traverse to the left until you run into a water groove. Ascend this groove, which has huge holds, and belay at a tree. There...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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 Administrator 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.
The summit anchor (slings around a tree) were somewhat lacking today (May 18, 2008). Only two 1" slings with no rings or quick link. Bring a new quick link with you and you can keep the leaver I left behind.
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.