2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Trout Rock is a small crag just above Boulder Creek across from the Boulderado. It lies directly below Sleeping Beauty. The rock faces NNE, so it gets morning sun but is in the shade most of the day.
Bob D'Antonio and Greg Hand recently put up four routes here; it's amazing that a rock with such easy access and quality climbing hasn't been developed before this.
The routes from L->R:
AB. Where's Vaino?, 10, 1p, 35', gear. Steep L-facing corner. B. Griffon, 10-, 1p, 35', 3 bolts & gear. A steep face and overhang. A&B share a 2 bolt anchor. C. Cutthroat, 10, 1p, 45', gear & 3 bolts. A fun slab. D. Greenback, 10, 1p, 45', 4 bolts. A sustained slab. C&D share a 2 bolt anchor. E. The Trout Farm, 8, 1p, gear.
Thanks to Bob and Greg for this great addition to Boulder Canyon climbing!
Park at the Boulderado/Animal World pullout on the left, 8.6 miles up the canyon, just past the guardrail. This is about a mile past Boulder Falls, and just after a sweeping right-hand bend in the road. It lies below Sleeping Beauty. Walk downstream about 50' and you'll see the rock directly across the creek. In low water, you can wade the creek or hop rocks below the left side of the crag. Walk 50' up the hill to the rock. Approach time: 5 minutes.
In high water, use the Sleeping Beauty tyrolean, located about 100' upstream, to cross the creek. However, it may be difficult to get to the base of the climbs at Trout Rock from here when the water is high. Another alternative is to go downstream several hundred yards to Vampire Rock tyrolean traverse and bushwhack back up to the rock.
Greenback climbs a steep slab near the center of Trout Rock, about 10' right of Cutthroat.Climb past a neat hole in the rock by the first bolt and continue up the sustained thin face, using the crack and seam left of the bolts. Lower from the 2-bolt anchor.This is a great pitch with intricate and thoughtful climbing....[more]Browse More Classics in CO