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.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
A 50-foot tower about 100 feet off of the road on the North side of Boulder Canyon. The rock presently has only one route, but it is a good route. As well, the proximity of this to the Cenotaph Crag makes it a worth-while stop. In fact, it might be the best route of those on the crag or spire.
The sole route, 'Harebell', faces W/SW and gets morning shade, pehaps until noon depending on the season. The higher altitude, easy access, and AM shade make this and Cenotaph a good morning destination on a day otherwise too hot to climb.
Drive up canyon past Castle Rock about 1/2 mile. There will be a fairly large pullout on the right just after a right-hand curve. Park there and look back East to this obvious Tower.
Approach from the parking spot by heading up the hill on a good but pine-needle-covered trail to the base of a small cliff and turn right, going parallel to the road and then slightly left up to the cliff. Look for a blunt arete facing W/SW on the tallest aspect of the rock. There is one bolt down low, and one near the top. This is Harebell.
A pretty good route, and a thinking-person's route at that. Although the crux is up top, there is an awkward start and then crimps that require good focus along the entire way to that crux. The best climbing is the upper 1/3rd....[more]Browse More Classics in CO