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It's My Swamp T 
Nala T 
No Direction Home S 
Panic Attack (AKA BOB...Bombs Over Baghdad)) S 
Pumpkin Eater 
Romancing the Stone T,S 
Scarecrow T 
Teenage Terrorists S 
Tese S 
Tipskin Jihad S 
War is Love S 
Wisk, The 
Witch Hunt 

Witches' Tower  


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Elevation: 6,750'
Location: 40.0022, -105.395 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jul 15, 2004
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Description 

This is up to a 140 foot high buttress or rib of rock that connects with Sherwood Forest across the creek from the Riviera & Bihedral about 7 miles upstream from the Elephant Buttresses/Dome Rock area. It is initially less than obvious that it is a separate rock unless you are Boulder Canyon cognoscetti or until you peruse R. Rossiter's 1999 Boulder Canyon guidebook. Apparently there have been old routes done or attempted low on its steep W face. Since this original post, there has been some lines with bolts and gear added. Certainly, from a distance, evidence of such lines or attempts is difficult to discern. However, a shallow dihedral on the NW edge draws the eye. The less-steep North face also invites the adventuresome but has more lichen.

Expect some lichen and loose rock if you explore here. There is room for more lines for those willing to explore. Expect some shade.

You can descend off to the East on steep slopes. No anchor currently exists on its top.

Several new routes were added in the fall of 2005.

L->R:

A. It's My Swamp, 8, 3p, 370', gear.
B. Panic Attack (AKA BOB...Bombs Over Baghdad)), 12-, 1p, bolts & gear.
C. War is Love, 11, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
D. Tipskin Jihad, 12, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. Teenage Terrorists, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
F. Romancing the Stone, 9-, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
G. Nala, 10-, 1p, 100', gear.
H. Tese, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.
I. No Direction Home, 11-, 1p, 45' or 95', bolts.
J. Scarecrow, 8+, 1p, 45', gear & bolts.

Getting There 

Go to Boulder. Drive W on CO Hwy 119 (aka Canyon). Drive W about 7 mi upstream past Elephant Buttresses/Dome Rock. Park in a nice pullout with some shady trees on the S side of the road below the Bihedral. Walk 150 yards downstream to a tyrolean traverse that starts on a big flat boulder and goes to a big tree on the far side. Cross the tyrolean and head left on a trail heading downstream. After a few minutes you'll reach Witches' Tower near the route Romancing the Stone. Just uphill and right from this is Sherwood Forest.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Witches' Tower:
Romancing the Stone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nala   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Tese   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
No Direction Home   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Panic Attack (AKA BOB...Bombs Over Baghdad))   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
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Romancing the Stone. Climb a steep face, work left...

Romancing the Stone 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Boulder Canyon : Witches' Tower
The route starts on the northwest face of Witches Tower. Climb up to the first bolt on good holds. Good face moves on knobs and edges get you to the second bolt. A red Alien can be placed in between bolts here. Veer a little left and place gear to gain a ledge and the third bolt. Fire up past the third bolt using a hanging, weird block. Reach the arete and climb up past three more bolts to a two-bolt anchor. A purple Camalot can be place before reaching the anchor. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By david goldstein
Jul 28, 2006
We did a couple of routes here one day after making a fairly comprehensive tour of Sherwood Forest. I thought the two climbs here were better than almost everything at SF. Remarkable that this cliff which is passed on the approach to SF went ignored for so long.
By Jeremy
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 16, 2008
I agree that this is a good tower, but better than anything at SF? No way! It's a worthy stop, but Sherwood KILLS this place.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2011
Nice summer destination. Stays shady and cool until 1 PM or so.