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Skyland Boulders  


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Description 

This is a secret gem of bouldering in the Gunnison (more like Crested Butte) area. A very Frenchy setting, these boulders are located amongst the trees underneath the massive wall to the east of the town of Crested Butte. Generally uncrowded (I have never seen more than two other parties), this area boasts some great quality rock.

Getting There 

Park north of the area and take the bike/hiking trail to the boulders.

Per Luke Mehall: 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.

Dogs 

Per Luke Mehall: 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.3 miles from here

48 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['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 Skyland Boulders:
Blunt Boy   V1 5     Boulder, 30'   The Joint Boulder
Right El Skyland   V3- 6A     Boulder, 25'   High Times
Anchors Away   V3 6A     Boulder   Battleship Boulder
Escape Hatch   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   The Joint Boulder
Left el Skyland   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   High Times
Left Direct   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   The Wave
All Hands on Deck   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 20'   Battleship Boulder
Portrait of an Artist   V4 6B     Boulder   Red Sky Boulder aka Portrai...
Wedge Arete   V4 6B     Boulder   Wedge Arete
Center el Skyland   V4-5 6B+     Boulder   High Times
J-crack   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 20'   High Times
The Wave   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   The Wave
Dirty Business aka Tropic of Capricorn   V6 7A     Boulder   Battleship Boulder
Tropic of Capricorn   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Battleship Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Hone Stone
Crimps on the East Side   V7-8 7B     Boulder   The Hone Stone
Longshot   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   The Joint Boulder
Weeping Warrior/Berholtz Arete   V9- 7C     Boulder, 15'   The Hone Stone
Supernatural   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   Supernatural Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever (Sit Start)   V10 7C+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 16'   The Hone Stone
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Photos of Skyland Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Dave Ludders on the classic highball Filth Pig at ...
Dave Ludders on the classic highball Filth Pig at ...
Looking north from Skyland.
Looking north from Skyland.
Ben Johnson, in costume, for the slackline contest...
Ben Johnson, in costume, for the slackline contest...
The view of Whetstone from the Skyland Boulders.
The view of Whetstone from the Skyland Boulders.
Another classic Bonanza shot at the costume contes...
Another classic Bonanza shot at the costume contes...
Young Jack Starkebaum on the Bernholtz Arete (aka ...
Young Jack Starkebaum on the Bernholtz Arete (aka ...
Ben J on Center El Skyland.
Ben J on Center El Skyland.
Skyland in the fall, photo taken from Tony's Trail...
Skyland in the fall, photo taken from Tony's Trail...
Hiking down Tony's Trail from the Skyland Boulders...
Hiking down Tony's Trail from the Skyland Boulders...
Parking Lot at the end of Elk Ave. The big boulder...
Parking Lot at the end of Elk Ave. The big boulder...

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By Kyle Flannigan
From: Gunnison
Jun 26, 2008
To get to the North entrance drive towards Crested Butte Mt Resort. Turn right on Hunter Hill just before the resort, and again right on Hunter Hill. Drive for 2-3 mins till you reach the overlook. Park and walk down the Upper Loop bike trail for about 25-30 minutes to the boulders.

  • All the directions I've ever given to specific boulders on this site were from the south entrance walking towards the North as I used that entrance last season. This season a few people I know have gotten tickets parking in the Skyland neighborhood. Trying to respect possible access issues this season.
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Aug 3, 2010
OMG!!! This has to be one of THE BEST bouldering areas in Colorado. Fantastic stone, tall boulders, beautiful setting! What more can you ask for?!? Just watch out for afternoon thunder/lighning storms, got caught in one this weekend, not fun....
By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jun 14, 2011
While I was living out there one summer this used to be my fav spot... except when running from lightning! And I guess you can't just park next to the boulders anymore either...bummer!
By koreo
From: Denver, CO
Jul 5, 2012
If you're coming to the Skyland Boulders from Crested Butte, it's a solid two mile hike from the 4 way intersection on Elk Road.
By Zach Alberts
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Jan 6, 2013
I made a topo for Skyland a few years ago while I was still living in Crested Butte. I had totally forgotton about it until I randomly happened upon it while going through some old things recently. I think I made it mostly for myself, to remember all the great boulder problems as well as the years of my life spent wandering around in the aspens looking for new problems and trying to repeat old ones. Anyways, I figured that I might as well share it with other climbers who want to experience all Skyland has to offer as well as the names and grades of most of the problems. Have fun and enjoy! ---Zach
Here it is: Skyland Bouldering Topo.
By Max Lasky
From: Crested Butte, CO
Apr 28, 2013
Thanks, Zach! This topo is awesome :)
By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 12, 2013
Zach, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing, was out there the other day and saw some folks with your guide. Miss seeing you around, buddy!