2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
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There's a small bit of obscure rock about 150m or so west of the bridge that crosses Boulder Creek with a couple maybe more routes on it. The quality is sub-par and the routes are short, but if you're in to climbing lesser-known routes, then this is for you.
Identify the rock by looking for a small roof near the bottom that angles up to the left. A finger crack is on the left side of the rock and a curving flake on the right.
A. Deb's Arete, 6, 1p, 50', gear. B. Aids, 9, 1p, 50', gear. C. Wiggly Seam, 9+ R, 1p, 40', gear.
There may be poison ivy in the deep foliage at the base.
Park as for the Dome and cross the bridge, but head west along the trail. Go about 150 meters and you'll see the short cliff just above the water trough. Keep hiking on the trail past the cliff for the easiest access until a concrete section (I think) and head up to the hill at a manhole cover.
Traverse back east above the water trough to the base.
I started up this with the intention of leading it, but the broken flake at the bottom and no visibility of what pro would follow made me back off. On toprope, I found that two decent pieces can be placed once the flake turns more or less vertical. An s rating is still appropriate since a fall before these placements could ground you on the slab below and after the two cams, you must make the crux moves with no further pro.Start at the right side of the cliff and head up to the small, short, R...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
Can anyone point me to info on "Deb's Arete" (5.6)?
By Leo Paik Administrator From: Westminster, Colorado Apr 7, 2008
Deb's Arete is a short line on the left side of this tiny crag. Since Deb had done it, I was hoping she'd post the info, but I guess not yet. You can see the top of the line in the photo for the crag near the skyline.
I lost a BD ATC-Guide two weeks ago or so up in Boulder Canyon. I think I lost it around the Dome/Elephant Butresses area (but could be somewhere else). I'm just a poor college kid with no money and now no belay device. If you found it and returned it, I would be extremely grateful and would be more than happy to reward you with some beer.