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Fireblack Boulder  


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Submitted By: Lee Smith on Apr 4, 2009
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Description 

This small esoteric outcrop is located on an unofficial trail in Deer Creek Canyon Park. Fireblack is a modest boulder with several moderate and interesting problems. The rock is slightly suspect, the problems straight forward and the setting is stellar. South facing, with a ˝ mile uphill approach, Fireblack is a good workout on a summer evening or a warm winter day. Even though it is very close to suburbia, Fireblack has a wilderness appeal. Bobcats, bears and soaring birds are often seen in this less-visited part of Deer Creek.

NOTE: Great pains have been taken to keep Fireblack pristine and chalk free. The FAs were all done without chalk. Use an Eco-ball or sack up and climb without “courage in a bag”.

Several features break Fireblack into easily identifiable sections. The left (west) side of the formation is split by a large horizontal gash. The mid section is marked by a big detached rock at the base. To the right of the detached rock is the main overhang and right from that is the Elephant’s Ear. The crag peters out to the far right with a bushy crack.

Getting There 

Make your way to the very southwest corner of Littleton. Head south on Kipling Parkway. Just south of the Kipling C-470 exit, take a right (west) on W. Ute Ave. Follow this road past Johns-Manville/Xcel and stay on the main track. This will funnel you onto Deer Creek Canyon Road. Odometer checkpoint is a large power substation on the right near the mouth of the canyon.

From the substation, head up the canyon for 2.9 miles. On the right is the entrance to an aggregate mine. Catty-corner across the road is a large dome of rock. Park just west of this dome at a pullout on the south side of the road.

The trail starts behind the rock dome and immediately crosses Deer Creek. This can be spicy during runoff season or completely dry. Immediately after the crossing the trail goes right through some willows. Follow the trail, which is an old service road, as it winds up the side of the hills. Approximately 0.5 miles from the trailhead, you will come to a rising traverse through a piney woods. At the top of the traverse the trail takes a sharp right. The top of Fireblack Boulder can be seen slightly to the southeast. It is about 40 feet from the sharp right.

Per Jay Eggleston: it is about a 15 minute walk from the main road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fireblack Boulder:
Nothin' But Faith in Nothin' AKA Yin and Yang of Pain   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
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Straight up the deepest part of the main overhang. All the holds on the start are facing the wrong way. Pinch left, jump up and grab the downward-facing flake. Undercling and finish on football pinches. Sit start of this problem would be harder and probably has not been done....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Cat track by near Fireblack.
Cat track by near Fireblack.
Doing laps on the easy stuff.
Doing laps on the easy stuff.
Silliness at Fireblack.
Silliness at Fireblack.
Beautiful setting with great views!  Tracy on Fireblack.
Beautiful setting with great views! Tracy on Fire...
The top of Fireblack peaking out over the brush as seen from the trail.
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By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
Apr 4, 2009
Cool new area Lee. The next time I'm at Deer Creek I'll be sure to check it out. Hopefully folks will respect the chalkless ethic that you've put forth here.
By Lee Smith
Apr 4, 2009
Hey Mike, or anybody else for that matter, get in touch with me if you want to go up there. I go up a lot. Since I have the problems wired I can look like a much better climber than I really am!
By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Apr 4, 2009
Lee,

Thanks for adding this to the site. Looks nice a neat place to go.

Cheers

john
By Lee Smith
Apr 5, 2009
Thanks John. It really is a cool spot to just hang out, much less get some laps in.

I really suck at grading boulder problems so all the problem ratings are my best guess. Everyone who visits should keep this in mind and not scream "soft" or "sandbag" too loudly.

Another note: I am constantly cleaning up old trash at this spot and it constantly unearths more. I think there is a long history of beer bottle/gun parties here. So if you visit think about bringing a plastic bag. Thanks!

One more note: People often climb naked here.
By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
Apr 14, 2009
Checked it out today, very cool spot and the problems are fun too. We stumbled upon a Black Bear rooting around in the drainage below the boulder as we approached. Thanks again Lee!
By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Apr 15, 2009
Oh wow! That's good to know, Mike. I saw fresh mountain lion tracks up there on Saturday night. There was an aggressive black bear up there last summer that freaked a bunch of folks out in Deer Creek Canyon Park. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

It seems like the chalkless effort is already down the tubes. C'mon people. Use an eco ball or nothing at all for that matter. The routes are not that difficult. The area is pretty pristine in comparison. Please clean up after yourselves. The bear and lions will be watching. :-) Kidding.
By Adam Hutton
From: Norton Shores, MI
Jun 5, 2009
I tried to hike to this boulder on 6/4/09, but was stopped right away in the hike because the creek was high and had a powerful current. There really was not a good way to cross that I could find. This might be something to think about if it has been raining a lot.
By Desiree
Jun 7, 2009
To clarify where the bolder is on the trial, when you get to the hard right the bolder is straight ahead before you make the turn. It looks like a 4 foot rock because you are approaching the back of it. Walk down the side and you will see the rock face. It will look familiar from the picture. It was beautiful and worth the hard hike up there!
By Lee Smith
Jun 8, 2009
Adam,

There is a bridge on the road just east of the big rock dome. You can cross here and bushwhack over to the start of the trail. You have to be careful since the hill is a little steep and the raging water is at the bottom!
By Ish
Jun 22, 2009
I had some time to kill on Sunday, so I went up and explored this area. I did some climbing and had some lunch. The problems are great! Thanks for posting.

Lots of broken glass; be careful if you are walking around without your shoes on.
By Patrick Beseda
From: Golden, CO
Aug 23, 2009
Made the trip out to the Fireblack this afternoon.

The approach is kind of longer than I thought, but we found it alright. Kinda steep in the beginning.

Not exactly "pristine", as there is plenty of glass, bullet casings, etc.

I'll admit to using some chalk, really only on NBFiN, though looks like plenty of people have been chalking up.

Kind of disappointed in the experience, climbing was decent, but not stellar, though we still had fun. Good for easy, beginner bouldering.
By David "The Phoenix" Hall
From: Littleton, CO
Aug 26, 2010
I would have to say this is not the place to be in the middle of the day in August. The rubber on my shoes got so hot my feet started to blister after only about 20 minutes. As a result I only got a few sends in before I bailed. This boulder would definitely be a good spot in the fall, or anytime it's below 80. Nice find.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Nov 17, 2012
This is about a 15 minute walk from the main road.