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First Flatiron 
First Flatironette 
Ghetto, The 
Green Mountain Pinnacle 
Green Thumb 
Gregory Canyon (including The Amphitheatre) 
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Queen Anne's Head 
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Satellite Boulders 
Second Flatiron 
Sentinel Boulders 
Spy, The 
Sunset Flatironette 
Thing, The 
Third Flatiron 
Third Flatironette 
Tomato Rock 
Upper Satellite Boulders 
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West Ironing Board 
Willy B 
Woods Quarry 


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  • Description 

    This area includes popular and classic rocks such as the First and Third Flatirons, and the Amphitheatre in Gregory Canyon. Climbs here range from short newer-age sport climbs to long, trad, slab routes, including some of the longer trad routes in the Flatirons: the whole face of the 3rd, which is about 1300 feet and the Direct East Face of the First Flatiron which is about 1400 feet. Hard conglomerate Fountain Formation sandstone is the medium for your rock craft.

    Getting There 

    The usual approach to most routes in the North Flatirons area is from Chataqua Park (which can be crowded) or Gregory Canyon Trailhead (which charges parking fees for non-Boulder County registered vehicles). Take Baseline W. until you see a sign for the park on the left (you can't miss it since it's right below the Flatirons). For the Amphitheatre, continue on Baseline past the park entrance until Baseline curves sharply right up Flagstaff Mtn. Park on the road near here, or on the turn off to the trailhead on the left. You MUST pay for parking at the Gregory Canyon lot if you do not have Boulder County registration or you'll be ticketed by the Man.


    Various of the Flatirons are closed for falcon nesting from Feb 1 up to July 31 and for bat nesting Apr 1 to Aug 31. Historically, some of these in this area have included Sacred Cliffs, East & West Ironing Boards, The Third Flatiron, Queen Anne's Head, occasionally Gregory Amphitheatre, and possibly others.

    353 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',89],['2 Stars',145],['1 Star',89],['Bomb',7]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North:
    A7 -V1   V1 5     Boulder   Satellite Boulders
    Lip Traverse   V2 5+     Boulder, 100'   The Ghetto
    Underdog   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   The Ghetto
    The Turning Point   V9 7C     Boulder   Satellite Boulders
    Fleshfest   V10 7C+     Boulder   Satellite Boulders
    Freeway   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 6 pitches   Second Flatiron
    East Face (Standard)   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 8 pitches   Third Flatiron
    Winky Woo   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad   Third Flatiron
    Fandango   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches   First Flatiron
    East Face Left   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 9 pitches, 1300'   Third Flatiron
    Takin' Care of Business/ West Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Green Mountain Pinnacle
    Direct Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 10 pitches   First Flatiron
    Smoother   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X     Trad   West Ironing Board
    Friday's Folly   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Third Flatiron
    Waiting For Columbus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   Third Flatiron
    Velvet Elvis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   East Ironing Board
    Death and Transfiguration   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Green Mountain Pinnacle
    Direct West Face a/k/a Western Skyline   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Third Flatiron
    Transgression   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Green Mountain Pinnacle
    Slave to the Rhythm   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   East Ironing Board
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    Featured Route For North
    View of second following Std Route (north of the gash). Picture taken from Kitty Kar Ledge looking down toward bottom of Gash.

    East Face (Standard) 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  CO : Flatirons : ... : Third Flatiron
    To quote Rossiter, "This is probably the best beginner climb in the solar system." This route is best led for the first time following another party unless you don't care about finding the fixed eye-bolts. Since nearly every stance is a rest, it's tough to discern the belays.From the East Bench, move up and to the left across a channel to the first belay. Stay on this side of the channel for the next 5-6 pitches with easy 5.0-5.2 climbing. Pitch 5 will traverse the "C" of CU. After pitch 6/7, yo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    Snowstorm of 21 Dec 2006. <br />Find the leaping lion.
    Snowstorm of 21 Dec 2006.
    Find the leaping lion.
    Looking down on Boulder from the 3rd.
    Looking down on Boulder from the 3rd.
    2/7/2003 from near Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe (Eisenhower School)
    BETA PHOTO: 2/7/2003 from near Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe ...
    First Flatiron.
    First Flatiron.
    First and 2nd from a glider.
    First and 2nd from a glider.
    Boulder from 1st Flatiron.
    Boulder from 1st Flatiron.
    The First Flatiron is probably the most climbed formation in the North flatirons and perhaps one of the most beautiful at sunrise. Photo by Tony Bubb, 1997.
    The First Flatiron is probably the most climbed fo...
    Bouldering on the BBC capstone of the Satellite Boulders, see Bouldering Colorado by Bob Horan for more info.
    Bouldering on the BBC capstone of the Satellite Bo...
    Evening Sky looking North from the Flatirons
    Evening Sky looking North from the Flatirons
    1st 2nd and 3rd
    1st 2nd and 3rd
    The Third and the Ironing Boards as seen from the south.
    The Third and the Ironing Boards as seen from the ...
    Flatiron sunset.
    Flatiron sunset.
    Heading up the First Flatiron.
    BETA PHOTO: Heading up the First Flatiron.
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    By Julian Smith
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 12, 2003

    Great climbing area, but probably not the best place to go when CU has a home game. Trying to get out of there along with all of the football fans is way epic.