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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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hillbilly Rock:
East Face Center/Hillbilly 5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II MD 2a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
East Face South Side/Hillbilly 5.1 2 6 II MD 2a R Trad, 3 pitches, 460'
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East Face South Side/Hillbilly 5.1 2 6 II MD 2a R CO : Flatirons : ... : Hillbilly Rock
This climb is rated a classic by Gerry Roach. Start at the low point of the East face (South side) The initial part of the climb takes place on a rock that is linked to the base of the Hillbilly.Move up via the path of least resistance trying to stay close to the Left side of the East face. The rock is of great quality and perhaps a bit steeper than your average Flatiron scramble.It is really easy to stray into much harder climbing if the correct path is not followed. Protection opportunities al...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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