At last the sky was clear at dawn, so we packed up to check out Poacher’s Rock at the Ironclads. We were actually thankful that the road was a little too rough for the Subaru, requiring us to hike two thirds of a mile in to the rocks. Poacher’s Rock is the site of 11 short but fun bolted routes. There are some taller, more serious bolted/trad routes on Mt. Boner to the east. We got there early, and the north-side routes were a tad cold but very quiet. As the day warmed up ATVs and gunfire replaced the quiet. I’d say the routes are rated pretty soft, as I cruised two 10c’s and didn’t struggle until I got on an 11a. We went home tired, raw-fingered, and happy.
7 responses to “The Ironclads”
yer pics are ok. that birdie pick needs to be quite a bit closer. perty bird tho.
rock looks nice. setting looks great.
i got a camera now.. of course i keep beating the shit out of it. my $300 (+ $100 worth of accessories) camera is now up to $555.
Ann tried to destroy our camera on this trip when I hid it in my hat. A nice, loud crack. We may have lost a few pics.
Where do we see yours?
my pics.. i’ll send a few to you or something.
so, yer camera works then. don’t get sand in it.
I wish you would tell the geographic area–state or county or national forest—when you post these interesting places.
Fair enough – this one is in Roosevelt National Forest, just southeast of Rocky Mountain National Park. I just select “Topozone near here” from the GPS menu at the top of the post to look this up, but I suppose I could save you the trouble by including some more names in the post. 🙂
Now I see why you were’nt detailing the location. This is great. I’m looking for a single-day trip, with a visiting friend, to explore not far from a four-wheel drive road, in two weeks. Wildflowers should be out if I can find the right spot.
The problem with this area for hiking is that it gets mobbed at midday by noisy ATVs and jeeps. I think for a wildflower hike I’d try something like Signal Mountrain Trail. Looks like there are some other good, less steep trails that also start near the Dunraven Trailhead.