Upper Chaos Canyon is a very popular bouldering area located west and uphill from Lower Chaos Canyon, above Lake Haiyaha. Truly above treeline and substantially farther to hike to, Upper Chaos Canyon is the essence of alpine bouldering in RMNP. Every kind of problem exists from short, steep, powerful problems such the Skipper Roof problems or tall scary highballs such as Suicide Season. Many RMNP classics are found here as well such as Sunspot, Golden Rows of Flows, and Jade, at V14, one of the country's hardest problems.
Begin as for Lower Chaos. To get to upper Chaos, continue past the trail to Lower Chaos and continue around the lake on the main trail until it ends in a wooded area on the north side of the lake. An informal but relatively clear trail will head west and uphill across large boulders and meadows to an impasse near a large boulder. This is just beyond the problem known as Sunspot, an obvious chalk-covered overhang on the right. From here head south and squeeze through some trees to the talus. A seemingly endless talus pile leads past some classic problems such as Top Notch V13 and eventually to the main area just east of the alpine meadow. This will take around an hour, probably more, from Bear Lake. Problems such as Eternia can also be found higher still.
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