This is is an obscure Flatiron that is probably best left that way. Guaranteed you'd be alone climbing here. Be careful of the east face scramble, as it ascends bad rock that is covered in moss, lichen, and pine needles.
Hike the Royal Arch trail to the Royal Arch. Hike SW towards the Anomaly, then straight uphill to the west once you are above the Anomaly for several hundred yards to the base of the east face. Make sure that you stay south (left) of the Fifth Flatiron during the approach.
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A short climb that packs a punch. The moves and setting are better than 1 star, but the R rating and a spot of bad rock make the route less desirable than it should be. Certainly a climb for those solid at the grade. The first ascensionist climbed the route on free solo expecting the crux to be pulling into the crack from the ramp, but ended up in a "no fall" situation slightly higher.Step up high on the slab below the dangling flake to place gear under it and at a low point on the side. A f...[more] Browse More Classics in CO