Stepping Stones is the crag at the west end of Nip and Tuck. It has a cobblestoned southwest face with one old route, also called Stepping Stones. The East Tower is inconspicuous, barely noticeable from the road, but harbors two nice routes on granite with great friction. El Barrio is a good bouldering area.
It's 10.5 miles from the start of the canyon, on the right side in the middle of a turn to the right. Parking is limited directly underneath, but there is parking further along. This picture is looking East.
You can also park and Nip and Tuck and walk up the road to the guard rail, and cross the guard rail to get to the crag.
Is your left shoulder getting sore from all the right-to-left traverses in the Flatirons? Do you like road noise and pumpy granite? Then El Barrio, a somewhat industrial bouldering slot nestled behind the guard rail on the west end of Nip and Tuck, is the place for you.You can see this very overhanging slot on your right as you're driving to Nederland, just as you round the bend and the road straightens out and heads due west (the Barrio is about 100 yards west of Gyro Captain, etc.). Park on th...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
Rossiter mentions a "stepping stones" path to the crag, implying that the crag is named after this path. If you cross the road about dead center in the photo above you will find a path to the crag with stones embedded in the ground. I thought the crag was named "Stepping Stones" due to its corrugated look.
Rock is not as solid here compared to many other crags in Boulder Canyon. (I think this is why it forms the 'stepping stones' look.) Just be careful and check holds, even larger blocks. I pulled out a football-sized chunk low on Controtionist's/Unknown (won't change the route, though), and some nice boulders cushioned my fall. There was loose stuff at the top, too. The holds can seem solid, because all wedged in the rough granite grit, but sometimes it's just the gritty crystals and some mud keeping them in place.
Maybe come here when you have climbed out Boulder Canyon to death and have no new routes to climb. Thankfully I did every route on the wall, so I don't have to come back. Sorry, guys. It's just not that great of a crag....