This is a good quality rock with quiet and pleasant surroundings. It is a short hike from NCAR. It doesn't get too much sun in the winter, since it's obscured by the canyon ridges.
From US 36, turn West on to Table Mesa. Drive all the way to the end of this road to the NCAR parking lot. Now take the "NCAR Trail" along the nature walk along the rim of the hill. Look for a trail that cuts left and down the hill to a saddle. Ascend some switchbacks. Follow this trail to the water tower and continue left of the tower down to the Mesa Trail. Here, you will come to a junction with a Boulder Mountain Parks info/map board.
From here, there a couple options:
1) Take the Mesa Trail to the South until you hit Bear Canyon. Follow this trail up the hill to the South, and then go up the canyon on the South side of the creek. This can be scratchy due to vegetation.
2) You can go South on the Mesa Trail to gain the road by the power line further south where the road intersects the trail. Hike the road, and then descend from the road to the base of the formation on a faint trail.
To find the route, stay on the Bear Creek Trail past the first major rock formation (Bear Creek Spire) until the trail is only about 30ft. above the creek. The S. Dino Egg has a slabby east face with a large chimney (Hatch) and on its SW side, a steep face with large huecos on the left side. Scramble up easy 5th class terrain via an obtuse dihedral to get to a nice ledge with several large boulders, below Sneak Preview.Overhanging for the first 1/2 of the route, then vertical. Conglomerate san...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
Based on the beta above, when I got to Bear Canyon, I followed a trail just south of the stream up a heavily eroded and dangerous steep slope expecting to find a semi-hidden climber trail, big mistake. The goal here is to gain the old road/trail by the power line ( actual Bear Canyon Trail). Had I known that, I would have headed further south where the Bear Canyon trail intersects the Mesa trail. Hike the Bear Canyon trail, and then descend from the Bear Canyon trail to the valley floor at the base of the formation on a faint, steep trail off the side.