This area surrounds the [prominent] cave feature higher up (and ~50 yards left) from the black hole area. There are endless problems and [possibilities] for problems, as well as some topropes. If you hike about 80 feet to the right of the cave itself, you can climb up 10 feet or so on blocks to a ledge system that disects the cliffs [horizontally]. If you walk to the left on this ledge, you will come accross two sets of bolts [from] which you can toprope. The first set you will find are 15 feet or so from where you came up and has [routes] from 5.4-5.11 possible, and the second set are directly above the cave and has several options in the 5.10-5.11+ range. There is also a really nice bouldering traverse that spans the entire area.
Park in the west end of the parking lot and follow the trail [straight] up the hill. You can see the cave from the road and the parking lot. There are several trails you can choose, just head [towards] the cave.
This is a traverse of the Nautilus wall. Starts on the right side by the Cave and goes all the way across to the left. Lower is harder, higher is easier. Maybe could be called V2 if you know where the good holds are. There are endless possibilities for straight up problems all across the wall, but they're almost all contrived. If we're going to submit an area, there may as well be routes there right? So here is one for the Cave Area, otherwise known as Nautilus. This traverse is a fun one to get...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
I believe that he making a very poor description of the Nautilus wall. This area is much farther up hill from the lobby than 50 yards. The Front Range Topropes guide has the 'Nautilus' and the toprope about 60 feet to the right called 'right of Nautilus'. The Nautilius cave is visible from the parking area. Both lines run straight up to the anchors run at 5.10 with the right one being easier. The ledge system would be difficult to find with his discription, but if you just go right of the cave till it looks like some 3rd class terrain to a ledge, just scramble up on the ledge system and carefully follow that to the bolts. Both of the topropes are good but dont plan a day for them. Probably best just to finish off a day of bouldering. -Casey Bernal
Anyone else out there annoyed to see the left arete coming out of the cave now has three or four protection bolts??The previous comments' reference top-rope routes heading out of the cave, so I am pretty sure my memory of the area is correct. The line had been previously climbed numerous times as a top rope or as a tricky to protect natural gear lead.
Lamentably another example of the tragedy of the common???
Absolutely!!! I was up there last friday and saw the bolts. There had been a couple of holes where the first 2 bolts are for several years (put in about the time the hard route out of the Black Hole was installed). Had I had a wrench with me the bolts wouldn't be there anymore. As it is I wouldn't count on them being there for long! This route has been led clean (and soloed!) besides being a great top-rope. The gear doesn't even look too bad.
Just to add more info - the bolts looked to be rawl 5-pieces. They will pull nicely without causing any MORE damage to the rock. This time though, the holes should be patched so the morons don't get any more ideas!
Thanks for the bolts. Just because this route was toproped previously, does not mean it should not be a well protected lead. If this route is chopped, look for more routes that were lame topropes to be bolted in the future (Hogback Momma, Rufus Route, etc.). Remember, patched holes can be re-drilled and replaced with glue-ins.