2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
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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and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
This route is located on the South Face of Cob Rock and is easily seen on the standard walk off along the south and western portions of the rock. It follows and obvious, hand-sized crack just to the left of the tree at the summit.
The route has ample gear placement opportunities but sees very little traffic. It would make an excellent, novice trad lead as it is short, distinct, decently protected, and one could easily belay from the tree at the summit (ie. an obvious anchor location).
For Cob Rock regulars, it is only worth doing after one of the more standard summiting routes is completed.
One last benefit, the road and creek noises are minimal since it faces south (southwest).
It is best approached on the decent from the summit block. Instead of traversing south to the path, make your way down the gully (cut right, west, early) to the base of the crack.
From the base of Cob Rock, head up around the west side of the rock and up the gully along its south face to the base of the crack.
Standard rack with mostly 1-2 inch sized pieces. A 3 inch piece might be nice.