The Schoolyard area from the First Creek Parking a...
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At the mouth of First Creek Canyon, on the south (left) side, there is an area of complex cliff bands with several good routes. In Joanne Urioste's 1984 guidebook, she says merely, "Short climbs abound in the broken easternmost section at the mouth of the canyon." Much of the history is hazy, but Joe Herbst, Mark Moore, and Tom Kaufman (and probably others) did a number of lines back in the 70s.
Most of the cliffs face northeast and stay relatively cool. The rock ranges from excellent varnish to the sandy white variety.
Hike in on the First Creek Trail. About the time the main trail drops into the sandy canyon bottom, exit left and follow faint trails up an indefinite ridge to reach the cliffs. As you reach the top of the ridge, bear left for routes near the Coffin Corner, or right for routes near the Schoolyard Bully.
Allow at least an hour from the trailhead.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 11, 2009
An hour is a long way to walk to school. Probably uphill both ways, too.