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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.

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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 MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Tiptoe Slab   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   
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Warren Teissier slabbing on the Frontporch.

East Face South Side/Front Porch 5.2 3 8 II D 2c  CO : Flatirons : ... : Front Porch
This route follows the left side of the East face until it reached the SouthEast ridge. From there, it follows the ridge past two notches to the summitStart at the low point of the rock, near the South (left side). Work your way to the ridge near a large pine tree. From there follow a slot/chimney to the a large ledge. Alternatively, exit the slot to the right and climb the face to the top of a pinnacle and traverse left back into the slot and onto the ledge.Crank up the short South facing headw...[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.
Patty J. Soloing on the Front Porch (Flatirons of ...
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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 quick link. Bring a new quick link 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.