The Trailside Boulder, a glacial erratic sitting all by itself along the Chicago Lakes Trail, hosts a number of moderate to medium grade problems, a few of which are quite nice but don't get much attention because they are mostly moderates. This is an excellent place to warm up in the morning or to make one more stop in the afternoon.
Park at the Echo Lake Picnic Area. Follow a nice gravel path to the west side of the lake, where a signed trail for the Chicago Lakes heads off to the southwest. Follow this trail for a few hundred yards over a ridge, into the Chicago Lakes Basin. The trail traverses along the valley wall for a while, and then drops steeply towards the valley floor, through a series of switchbacks. Once at the valley floor, the trail crosses a creek via a backcountry bridge, then joins an old dirt road.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gateway Boulder:
Gateway Arete V3 Boulder, Alpine, 15 feet
The Horn Arete V3-4 Boulder, Alpine, 14 feet
Gateway Face V6 Boulder, Alpine, 13 feet
Downtrail Face V6 Boulder, Alpine, 14 feet
Black Tornado V7 Boulder, Alpine, 12 feet
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Gateway Arete V3 CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Gateway Boulder
Begin from a sit start matched on the lowest hold under the little roof at the bottom of the arete, make a powerful move or two, then get your feet established and enjoy the easier airy terrain above. This is an obvious and independent line that is a good warmup and V0 from a stand start.Although I do not have FA info for this line, one of the Ohio crew are the likely first ascentionist....[more] Browse More Classics in CO