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Elevation: 6,750'
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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".

Getting There 

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.


Scramble off the back side.

Eds. note there is a tree with a sling and mallon ring to the west of the summit.

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Front Porch:
East Face Center   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Tiptoe Slab   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   
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Featured Route For Front Porch
Base of East Face Center route.

East Face Center 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c  CO : Flatirons : ... : Front Porch
This 500 foot route starts about 50 feet south of Tiptoe Slab. The route ascends the rib in the center of Front Porch. This would be a good first solo. After about 260 feet, you will meet up with the second pitch of Tiptoe Slab. So, with a 60 meter rope, you may be just short of making the tree belay on the second pitch. Best to do two short pitches and make the 3rd pitch end at the tree belay. There is not a good place to belay right before the tree belay. The la...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Patty J. Soloing on the Front Porch (Flatirons of Boulder) with Der Zerkle, Dinosaur Rock, & Overhang Rock in the background.
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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2002

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
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.

By Brian Hansen
From: West of Boulder, CO
May 19, 2008

The summit anchor (slings around a tree) were somewhat lacking today (May 18, 2008). Only two 1" slings with no rings or quicklink. Bring a new quicklink with you, and you can keep the leaver I left behind.

By Shralpine
From: boulder, co
Apr 11, 2010

There were no slings or rings on the rap tree when as of today (4/11/10), but rapping off the tree at the top of Tiptoe was no problem.

By Adam F.
Aug 31, 2010

Leo: 1 oldschool 1/4" spinner on top (in a weird location for the face)? Did this a little over 5 years ago as a TR. The top 6-8' (the crux) was not cleaned yet.

Stellar and very sequency climbing. Seemed like an FA to me, so I named it Wonderwall.

By Greg Hayman
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 13, 2011

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.

By ZackB
From: Littleton, CO
Apr 27, 2014

There are still bears in the area, and as of today (4/26/14) it is a mother and two cubs. Be careful about the bears, but they seem to be well accustomed to people. I put some new webbing around the tree for the rap, since there wasn't anything there.