2014 Update: Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress, and all seasonal raptor closure areas on U.S. Forest Service land will be re-opened August 1, 2014 for climbing.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
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As far as climbing is concerned, this one should stay lost! Rossiter's guide book calls it a 5.7 and two to three pitches. This is a single pitch (60m rope) 5.4 at best, mostly 5.2-3. The downclimb through the gully was more exciting! Granted, it's a beautiful slab of granite, seemingly lost in the Canyon, but does not come as advertised. I'm never one to feel badly about a climb, it beats damn near anything else, but this one bordered on a waste. The so called "crux" is one step around a tiny tree towards the top. Enjoy the many other wonderful climbs in the canyon!
There is a crag between Lost Flatiron and Witches Tower with at least 1 route on it, a 5.8 or 5.9 trad obscure line.
Drive 6.6 miles up Boulder Canyon, and park at the large pullout on the south side of the road underneath Cob Rock. It is visible from the parking lot. Cross the stream (easiest is at the east end of the pullout), and then hike about 300 yards up and right from the trail on the west side of Cob Rock. Exit from the top is via a steep gully on the west side.
This route is fine climbing and is very Flatiron-esque, including its setting, position, movement and protection. With some good brushing it could be made into a very nice route. At present lichen is peppered on the hand and footholds, adding spice to the inherent runouts.Rossiter's given 5.10c grade probably reflects difficulties associated with the lichens. I brushed the holds I used carefully with my fingers and hands before using them and felt that the grade is more like 5.10a. I've split ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
I regret not having read climbingboulder's description of this area before bushwhacking my way a couple hundred yards up a 45 degree slope for an uneventful 5.4 climb. The only interesting aspects of this climb were the runouts and an excellent view of Cob Rock.