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The Bihedral Area

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The Bihedral Area  


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Elevation: 6,850'
Location: 40.0034, -105.3969 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Bihedral Area includes at least 4 sub-areas: The Bihedral, The Riviera, the Left Side and The Lower Tier. For organizational purposes, this is subdivided here. This photo may help.

The Bihedral Area rock is typical Boulder Canyon granite climbing. Generally less than vertical on bullet hard grey granite. Good friction with a high concentration of slopers, both large and small, and positive incut edges. The Bihedral crag itself is identified by a huge, left-facing dihedral and sits on the north side of the canyon. The dihedral is split by a prow about 1/2 way up. The Riviera is located down & right of The Bihedral. The Left Side is located to the left of The Bihedral. The Lower Tier is located below the The Bihedral (Upper Tier) upper tier.

Getting There 

Drive 7 miles up the canyon (zero at the bridge a la Rossiter), park just past the Riviera at a pullout on the right, or there is shady parking on the left side identified by a west-facing "No Camping" sign nailed to a tree. The huge, left-facing dihedral of the Bihedral is obvious above you. Cross the road, walk down a bit and pick a line up a boulder field and scoot left around a short broken buttress. 4th class it up past some trees on your right and gain a nice ledge at the bottom of the big dihedral. There are a few good routes here, but the most well known is the 2 pitch Bihedral Arete, which Rossiter so obtusely refers to as "something of a classic".

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

81 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',50],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',8],['5.8',14],['5.9',21],['5.10',18],['5.11',15],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bihedral Area:
Chouette   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Riviera
Sun Spot   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Topless Etiquette   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Riviera
Bihedral   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Hold The Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Devin's Dihedral   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   The Riviera
Flags of Our Fathers   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Dihedral Variation   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Puff Daddy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Bihedral Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Rhodian Shores   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Le Nouveau Riche   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   The Riviera
Hound's Tooth   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Lower Tier
Daydreaming   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Oh Boy   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Sea Breeze   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Riviera
Tinnitus   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Lower Tier
Sands of Iwo Jima   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
AHR   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
Thumb Tack   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
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Featured Route For The Bihedral Area
Tony Bubb arrives at the steep section of 'Thumb Tack (5.11+)' at the Bihedral and wiggles in some gear. Don't let the angle of the camera fool you, look at the angle of the rope! Photo by Alan Doak, 2004.

Thumb Tack 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
This route is one of two routes up the striking headwall that caps the Bihedral.This climb can be seen easily from the road on the top 1/4 of the Bihedral. It starts in a overhanging handcrack for a few meters, gains a small square pod/cave, then exits the feature on the right hand side in sustained tight finger-locks and sidepulls, going up to a tree at the summit.P1: Approach via the climb Rhodian Shores, Crack Variation, or Bihedral Arete. After the belay common to all of those, continue, te...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By E Johnson
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 3, 2007
Ticks have arrived. Despite a tick check of clothing and ankles, a baby tick made it home with me and was discovered inside my shirt (4 layers deep). Be thorough in your tick checks!
By Dane Casterson
From: Boulder
Feb 22, 2011
Does anyone know what a Bihedral is?
By Ken Duncan
Dec 15, 2012
I assume two dihedrals.
By Adam Kroz
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 1, 2013
I left a navy blue Icebreaker thermal up here yesterday, in case anyone picked it up. Thanks!
By Stephen Trent
May 22, 2013
Any good camping nearby? Preferably free?