Climb in Boulder Canyon

Colorado Boulder Canyon

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Minutes from Downtown Boulder, COHundreds of routes of all grades. Sport, Trad, and Top Rope options available.

Heading west from Boulder, take CO 119/Boulder Canyon Drive into Boulder Canyon. Once you're in the canyon, there are many areas that all have great climbing. For the more traditional climber, there are areas such as Castle Rock (39.9787, -105.4551) and the Happy Hour Crag (40.0033, -105.3939). People looking for great sport climbs should check out the Sport Park area (39.9726, -105.4648) or Lower Dream Canyon (40.0069, -105.4058). For descriptions of certain routes and a list of other areas in the Canyon, I would recommend getting a guidebook from one of the local outdoors stores or the REI in town.

Getting to the majority of the climbing areas requires a Tyrollean traverse, which involves attaching a quickdraw to your harness to a rope (or two) suspended over Boulder Creek and then pulling yourself across the raging water below. It's a pretty awesome experience the first time you do it! Once you are across, the approach can be somewhat steep and there is some loose rock, so be careful hiking up to the crags. When you get to the crags, enjoy the time there, set up a hammock amongst the trees while your friends are climbing, take in the views of the steep canyon walls and the rushing water of Boulder Creek below and just have a blast!

Pack List

  • Climbing Gear: Harness, Shoes, Rope, Chalk, Quickdraws, Trad Gear (optional), etc.
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Good Vibes
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Activities:

Chillin, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Forest
River
Scenic

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3 months ago

Best variety of climbing in Boulder area

We climb here all the time. My high school sons go with friends now that they are strong climbers. There are so many routes and areas - it gets really crowded so we always go early. Great sport routes and some trad.

3 months ago

over 1 year ago

Great routes for beginners!

I've been climbing for about two and a half months, mainly in the gym, and had a great day climbing several routes on the Polaris Wall. There is a 5.7, 5.8, and a two pitch route (5.7 and 5.9) that are great to learn on.

over 1 year ago

Added by Ben Matthews

I am an adventure/lifestyle photographer based in Seattle, WA. I have a strong passion for the outdoors and keeping our wild places wild. You can usually find me in the mountains, on the river, or somewhere in between.

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