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Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 2067m a.s.l
Faces E

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Abseil from The Maiden Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado 1971 © Porius

Crag features

The Classics
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Maiden:
North Face 5.6 R Trad, 5 pitches
South Face 5.8 R Trad, 4 pitches
East Ridge 5.10 Trad, 5 pitches
West Overhang 5.11a Trad, 2 pitches
Cunning Stunt 5.11a R Trad, 1 pitch
Belladonna 5.11b R Trad, 1 pitch
The Southern Seas 5.11b TR, 1 pitch
Dream Street Rose 5.11b/c Trad, 2 pitches
South Crack 5.11c Trad, 1 pitch
Kor-Dalke Route 5.12a R Trad, 5 pitches
Hasta La Hueco 5.12d Trad, Sport, 2 pitches

Approach notes

The Maiden is a bit of a hike from the trailhead which tends to keep the crowds to a minimum. Begin at the southern end of the Mesa Trail, and hike until directly below the Maiden, which will be hidden in the trees. The Shadow Canyon trail connects to the Mesa Trail at an old water trough. The water trough is on the east side of the trail at a bend in the trail and is obvious. Turn left on the Shadow Canyon trail and walk up this for a couple minutes (don't go too far). Begin looking to the right through the trees. When talus is visible, follow a faint path through the woods (watch for poison ivy) to the talus. You should be near an old shallow quarry pit. A wall will be visible up the unstable talus slope, which marks an old stretch of access road for the quarry. The talus is bordered on the right by a strip of trees. There is a faint path up through the strip of trees - follow that, or scramble directly to the road. The road goes through the strip of trees - at this point head up a path that follows the strip of trees. Eventually, this steep path will deposit you at the base of the East Ridge. Allow a couple hours for the approach and plan on maybe getting lost the first time.

To descend from the summit, make a double rope rappel from slings down over the West Overhang . This will deposit you at the Crow's Nest. From there, either reverse the first half of the North Face route, or do another double rope rappel from the bolt down the south face.

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