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Crested Butte

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Mt. Crested Butte 
Skyland Boulders 
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Crested Butte  


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Elevation: 8,885'
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Parking is not allowed in the Skyland residential district, please do not park there. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

The Skyland Boulders in Crested Butte have been called some of the finest in Colorado. They are located along the Upper Loop trail, which skirts the base of Mt. Crested Butte.

Please be sure to access the boulders correctly. In addition to not parking in the Skyland residential area, there are a couple other considerations.

The best way to access the boulders is via bicycle (or hiking) the Tony's Trail, which leads right up to the Hone Stone. This is easily found by taking Elk Ave. east, until it turns into a dirt road (there is a large parking lot at the 4 way by the Chamber of Commerce to park your vehicle). Dogs are not allowed on this trail, however, and climbers have received fines for having dogs in this area, as it is used for ranching.

If you do have dogs and want to bring them up, the best way to do that is to access the Skyland Boulders from the town of Mt. Crested Butte, via the Upper Loop. A parking area is available on Hunter Hill Rd.

In addition to the Skyland Boulders, there are several fine areas in the greater Gunnison Valley, including Taylor Canyon, Spring Creek Canyon, Hartman Rocks, and the mighty Black Canyon.

Getting There 

See access details.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.3 miles from here

51 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',13],['V4-5',13],['V6-7',12],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Crested Butte :
Blunt Boy   V1 5     Boulder, 30'   Skyland Boulders : The Joint Boulder
Right El Skyland   V3- 6A     Boulder, 25'   Skyland Boulders : High Times
All Hands on Deck   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 20'   Skyland Boulders : Battleship Boulder
Left Direct   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : The Wave
Left el Skyland   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : High Times
Wedge Arete   V4 6B     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : Wedge Arete
Portrait of an Artist   V4 6B     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : Red Sky Boulder aka Portrai...
Center el Skyland   V4-5 6B+     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : High Times
J-crack   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 20'   Skyland Boulders : High Times
The Wave   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : The Wave
Dirty Business aka Tropic of Capricorn   V6 7A     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : Battleship Boulder
Tropic of Capricorn   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : Battleship Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : The Hone Stone
Crimps on the East Side   V7-8 7B     Boulder   Skyland Boulders : The Hone Stone
Longshot   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : The Joint Boulder
Weeping Warrior/Berholtz Arete   V9- 7C     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : The Hone Stone
Supernatural   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   Skyland Boulders : Supernatural Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever (Sit Start)   V10 7C+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 16'   Skyland Boulders : The Hone Stone
Guide's Ridge   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 750'   Mt. Crested Butte
Sunset Ridge    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2000'   Mt. Crested Butte
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All Hands on Deck V3-4 6A+  CO : Crested Butte : ... : Battleship Boulder
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Photos of Crested Butte Slideshow Add Photo
Owen and Ruby.
Owen and Ruby.
Climbers hiking down Tony's Trail, with Mt. Creste...
Climbers hiking down Tony's Trail, with Mt. Creste...
Rest day? Ride trail #401!
Rest day? Ride trail #401!

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