The Best Rock Climbing in Boulder

Looking for the best rock climbing in Boulder? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Boulder. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Boulder

  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike Mount Sanitas & Settlers Park

    4.4
    3.1 mi
    First off, these are two different hikes but both stem from the same parking lot and Settlers Park is a mere 5 minutes away from where you park so why not kill two birds with one stone?One of the more popular hikes in Boulder, Mount Sanitas is a 3 mile hike that quickly scales nearly 1,350 feet. ...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    First and Second Flatiron

    2.57 mi / 1493 ft gain
    First and Second Flatiron is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    First and Second Flatirons Loop

    2.68 mi / 1480 ft gain
    First and Second Flatirons Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike to the 1st Flatiron

    4.6
    2.4 mi / 1422 ft gain
    Starting at the ever-popular and ever-populated Chautauqua Trailhead, take the main trail (a highway version of a dirt trail) straight towards the Flatirons. Continue going straight passed the Ski Jump trail to your right (0.2 mi.), then at a crossroads with the Bluebell-Baird trail (0.3 mi.) tur...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Baseline to Amphitheatre and Saddle Rock Trails

    2.78 mi / 1549 ft gain
    Baseline to Amphitheatre and Saddle Rock Trails is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Scramble Angel's Way

    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Angel's Way is an amazing 8 pitch rock climb scramble (5.2) that is tucked away in Skunk Canyon, hidden from the crowds of Chautauqua. The best part of this scramble is you only need your climbing shoes and chalk-bag. It is similar to the 'Free Way' on the Second Flatiron. I would encourage ev...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Bear Peak Canyon Loop Trail

    8.05 mi / 2539 ft gain
    Bear Peak Canyon Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak West Ridge

    6.53 mi / 1368 ft gain
    Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Peak West Ridge is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Mallory Cave

    2.79 mi / 784 ft gain
    Mallory Cave is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike the Shanahan Ridge Trail

    4.0
    3.8 mi / 869 ft gain
    Starting on the edge of a neighborhood in South Boulder, this 3.8 mile loop begins its 869 foot elevation gain by meandering through a pine forest. You can 'choose your own adventure' by exploring the handful of trails that meet up with the Shanahan Ridge Trail, such as the South Mesa Trail, Shad...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    South Mesa, Bluestem and Shadow Canyon Loop

    5.64 mi / 1106 ft gain
    South Mesa, Bluestem and Shadow Canyon Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Eldorado Springs, Colorado.
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike South Boulder Peak

    4.5
    6.7 mi / 2900 ft gain
    Starting at the Mesa trailhead, continue a half a mile through a relatively even grade before arriving at the North Fork Shanahan trailhead, which will take you another half a mile on much steeper grade up to Fern Canyon where you will start a much harder portion of the hike; here, you'll head st...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike Bear Peak

    4.8
    7 mi / 2810 ft gain
    The best advice I can give you? Wake up early to start this hike.Even though the Bear Peak hike will only take you about 4-5 hours round trip, it will still be advantageous to get off the mountain before afternoon and evening storms might pass through. This is a steep 7-mile out and back trail.St...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Rock Climb Supremacy Rock in Eldorado Canyon

    This is a great spot for beginner climbers, as long as you have an experienced climber with you to anchor the top rope and belay you. It is in a beautiful state park, Eldorado Canyon, in Boulder, Colorado. This canyon is famous for rock climbing and attracts climbers from around the country. Many...
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Climb in Boulder Canyon

    5.0
    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). P...
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Climb the Avalon Crag in Boulder Canyon

    From Boulder, the pullout that is best to park at for the Avalon crag is 8.4 miles up the canyon. You will walk down the side of the road past the talus field, where if the river is too high to wade you can use the tyrolean traverse. Otherwise, you can wade or hop across rocks according to the da...
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