The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber MORE INFO >>>
The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climbers should be on their best behavior, practice Leave No Trace, and please abide by these requirements:
- Approach Areas A, B, & C via the Chicago Lakes trail (from Echo Lake).
- Wilderness permits are required for all visitors to any federal Wilderness area. Permits are free and self-issued. A kiosk is located at the point where the Chicago Lakes Trail departs from the reservoir, at the entrance to the Wilderness area.
- Group size: travel in federal Wilderness areas is limited to groups of 15 people or less. If you find yourself in an area, say around the Dali Boulder, where there are more than 15 people, please disperse. There are plenty of excellent boulders elsewhere.
- Minimize creation of social trails. None of the trails surrounding the bouldering area are officially maintained by the USFS. Ample access trails currently exist, please stay on the existing trails, and do not create any more trails.
- Do not destroy vegetation. This is a fragile alpine environment, with a short growing season. It can take vegetation decades to recover from damage. Place crash pads judiciously, and keep brushing to a minimum. Before adding new lines, considered the damage that may be caused by additional foot traffic, pad placement, etc.
- Chalk is un-sightly to non-climbers. Please avoid chalking up boulder problems that are visible from the Chicago Lakes Trail, and in general, keep chalk use to a minimum. Brush all tick marks off after every sesssion. Use containers that prevent chalk spills. If you do spill your chalk, clean it up.
- Stashing crash pads is expressly forbidden by the USFS. Any pads found by USFS personnel will be confiscated.
- Noise: This is a Wilderness area (did I mention that?) that is enjoyed by many, mostly non-climbers. The last thing passing hikers want to hear are your self-indulgent f-bombs, iPod speakers, grunting, etc. In fact, most other CLIMBERS don't want to hear any of these things either. The easiest way for us to loose access is to elicit complaints from other user groups.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times. Consider others when deciding whether or not to bring your dog, specfically considering that dogs like to scare away wildlife, and most other users would prefer not to have the wildlife scared away. Obviously, clean up after your dog.
Remember that we are guests in this area. Be respectful of other users and the USFS Rangers that manage this area.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
This is a lonely boulder at the Hell's Hole Trailhead on West Chicago Creek Rd. near Mt Evans. The problem of interest here is the classic slab problem Laying in Wait. There is a short V1 problem to the right of Laying In Wait, but besides that, there are no real moderates here for a warmup. It is best to warmup elsewhere, possibly at Three Sisters in Evergreen or at Morrison.
From Idaho Springs, follow CO-103 south as if you are driving to the summit of Mt Evans. After 7 miles at the big hairpin before the road begins climbing more steeply, turn right onto West Chicago Creek Rd. Follow this road for 3 miles to its end at the Hell's Hole Trailhead. The boulder is just to the northwest of the parking area.
Laying In Wait is a unique boulder problem in that it is truly a hard slab, which to some boulderers may be their worst nightmare. It is also utterly classic with some commiting moves high off the deck. Climb the obvious scoop/slab using pockets, slopers, arete features, and some non-existent feet to the summit of the boulder.You will want cool conditions for this one, so plan your arrival accordingly. In the fall, it stays in the sun until about 3pm.There are some pretty good videos out ther...[more]Browse More Classics in CO