This rock is mostly lower angled slabs of Fountain Formation sandstone with decent to excellent opportunities for protection (some runouts possible but the angle is VERY low here). Great area to practice placing pro on lead and it gets lots of sunny exposure (east-facing). Climbs here range from 5.0 up to about 5.12, with most being of the lower levels of difficulty.
Follow Table Mesa Rd. to its end at NCAR. Park at NCAR and take the NCAR trail (TH on west end of parking lot, entrance) to Skunk Canyon trail. You are looking for Hillbilly Rock, situated directly below and east of the summit of Ridge One (Skunk Canyon). This is the first rock ridge encountered on the trail and it will be directly in front of you and before a switchback in the trail. At the apex of this switchback is a climber's trail that ascends a steep gully to the base of Ridge One. There are a few large outcroppings passed coming up the gully (they are climbable). Hillbilly Rock will be the first "wall" or face of any real size.
A less steep approach can be found by continuning on the Mesa Trail past Skunk Canyon's entrance to a point straight East of Hillbilly Rock. This may be less sketchy.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
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Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a CO
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"Billy Goat Arete" is the arete on the north edge of the east face of Hillbilly Rock. It could also be called the Northeast Arete. I spotted this line today and it is a fun climb, but it is not in any guidebook. There is a crack about 3-4' left of the arete that makes for great holds and also pro. This would be an excellent first lead for a beginner, because unlike most Flatiron routes there is quite a bit of pro available. You can get some good practice placing gear in cracks.This climb is...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: -Dave Fiorucci.
Some steep rock with a bit of potential on the sou...
BETA PHOTO: Approaching Hillbilly Rock.
BETA PHOTO: The East face of Hillbilly Rock.
Prairie falcon near Hillybilly Rock.
West Face, 12, and West Face Right, 12. Two bolt ...
BETA PHOTO: Alternative and better approach from Mesa Trail in...
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2001
Hillbilly Rock is not granite, but sandstone. Also, the upper end is now higher than 5.8 as it has two 5.12 sport routes on it's west face.
By Scott Edlin
From: boulder, co
Jun 25, 2006
After climbing Billy Goat Arete, I found no adequate rappel options from the summit. There is a wimpy tree with bad roots off to the west which appeared unsafe and would be difficult to downclimb to. There is a large summit block that I guess most people rap off of, but it appears completely undercut by a rotten layer of rock. The North Face route appeared littered with loose rock. There were no rap slings or fixed hardware anywhere. I downclimbed Warren's alternate descent route described under the North Face route and it was dirty, mossy, and lichen-covered. If I went back again, I would downclimb the entire Billy Goat Arete. One might imagine that the beginner nature of these climbs begs for a secure fixed rap anchor. Otherwise, this rock is probably best left to its namesake visitors.
By E Johnson
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 7, 2009
Anyone know if one can rap to either 5.12 anchor to descend from summit to ground?
From: Potrero Chico, MEX
Apr 21, 2013
Awesome summit! Someone post the 12s on here!