As of 10/6/13 at 528pm, the CO Hwy 119 through Boulder Canyon has reopened. The most recent information is that OSMP and all the terrain north of CO 119 is closed.
The September floods released significant rockfall, and the Canyon is closed at the entrance out of Boulder. Certain areas may be accessible from Nederland, but it is unclear when the road will be reopened and whether pullouts for parking will be damaged.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
The Canyon Block is an obscure, house-sized, 35-foot tall boulder of high quality granite perched high on the North side of Boulder Canyon. Since its walls are South facing, this is a great place to go when it's cloudy, or cold.
The majority of the climbing is low angle and follows natural weaknesses like cracks, seams, and flakes. Most of the harder routes rely on a mixture of pitons, bolts, and traditional gear. None of the routes have fixed anchors, but the top of the block has plenty of trees, and cracks to set up anchors. For those interested in toproping, the top is easily accessed by hiking to the North side.
From the bridge at the bottom of Boulder Canyon, drive 4.7 miles and park at an obvious pullout on the North side of the road next to a large orange, red, and yellow sign that warns people to be careful with matches and fire.
Follow a gully with some exposed water polished granite slabs, and at the top bear right out of the gully and work your way slightly up and left towards the Canyon Block which sits at the top of the hill hidden by some trees.
The entire approach shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.
This would be a fairly ballsy lead. Just left of Rude Boy on the SW arete. Scramble up on to some blocks and climb a left angling seam up left to a jug and the arete proper. Two mank pins are your first pro. You may be able to get something in before but the pro would probobly take up your handhold. Athletic and powerful climbing the rest of the way up a thin crack. Really cool. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO