Hillbilly Rock is a small formation above NCAR on the slopes of Green Mountain. It is sunny little rock not far above the Mesa Trail on the north side of Skunk Canyon. It's sunny disposition, freedom from raptor closures and low angled routes all combine to make this a fun outing for scramblers and beginning leaders alike. The slopes you must cross to access the east face are home to numerous deer and it is not uncommon to cross paths with some wildlife. Even with all this humble rock has to offer, it is seldom visited and a great place to get some solitude. The view from the summit is excellent offers glimpses of Dinosaur Mountain, Satan's Slab and even Royal Arch.
Hillbilly Rock hiding out with it bigger neighbors.
Starting the hike at NCAR
makes the most sense.
Click for larger view.
Follow the trail west
over Table Mesa (giant green watertank) until you intersect the Mesa Trail. Now is a good place to look up and see Hillbilly Rock and imagine how you're going to get up there. With route in mind, now head north
on the Mesa Trail as it drops to cross a stream and ascends steps until you reach a wooden fence. Leave the trail at the fence and make your way uphill angling slightly right following any form of faint trail you can find. Eventually you will crest out just to the east of the rock and it is a simple stroll over to the east face.
This is roughly where you leave the Mesa Trail.
A pleasant road crossed on the approach.
While free of usual seasonal closures, it is always a good idea to check before you go. Check HERE
for any unusual closures.
Only use clean climbing techniques so leave that hammer at home. This may seem obvious but I have discovered new pitons on routes recently.
There is no camping
allowed in the Flatirons.
Although the North Face can be downclimbed via some licheny 5.2, it makes more sense to make an easy rappel. Sling a large block and make a simple 60 foot rappel north. After reaching terra firma, follow a faint
trail down the north side of the rock and retrace your steps back to the Mesa Trail.
Here is a great interactive MAP
of the area.
Here is a LINK
to NOAA's weather site.