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Morrison/Evergreen Rock Climbing 

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Bouldering at the amazing Morrison Formation.


Morrison is well known as a classic Font Range bouldering area. A outdoor climbing gym with two distinctive atmospheres. On the Northern side of the road, it's rare to boulder by yourself, whereas the southern side I've yet to met anyone there.

The town of Morrison is a small but thriving town whose major industries are tourism and margaritas - especially in the summer. Visitors come for our restaurants, rocks, and/or rock concerts at Red Rocks. The population is about 500 people.

Evergreen is further up Bear Valley at 7200 feet, approximately 20 minutes from Morrison. It's considerably larger than Morrison with about 30,000 residents, although many of them are very spread out.

Getting There 

From Boulder, take CO Hwy 93 to Golden, US 6 to C-470 heading South, and get off 5-10 minutes later at Morrison. Take a right after exiting. One can also take a right just past Golden on Heritage Rd, which becomes a highway that goes by Red Rocks and spits you out into Morrison on the west side. Continue up CO Hwy 74 (Bear Creek Road) to Evergreen. Watch out for cyclists!

From Denver, take US 285 to C-470, then head north the the Morrison exit, and take a left into town. To get to Evergreen, continue up CO Hwy 74.

Map of Morrison and Evergreen


This town is famous for its Margaritas and its Mexican food, and the one place to get them is the Morrison Inn. There is also a great Italian restaurant in town.


Per Derek Lawrence: the closest camping is at Bear Creek Lake Park -

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

613 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',39],['3 Stars',214],['2 Stars',259],['1 Star',98],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Morrison/Evergreen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Morrison/Evergreen:
In the Beginning   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Dark Side : The Cube Area
Tofurkey   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   The Dark Side : Tofurkey Area
Breashears' Crack   V2- 5+     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Dihedral Problem   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   The Eggs : Trailside Egg
Breashear's Crack II   V3 6A     Boulder, 19'   The Dark Side : The Cube Area
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Work and Play Area
Wisdom A.K.A. The Best Boulder Problem In Evergreen   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Brother's Lookout South...
Double Arete   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 16'   The Dark Side : Squirming Coil Area
Air Jordan   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Squirming Coil   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   The Dark Side : Squirming Coil Area
Helicopter   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Ghost Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Matthews-Winters Park : The Millenium Boulder
Rupture - V5-V7   V7- 7A+ R     Boulder, 10'   The Dark Side : The Caves
Widower   V7-8 7B X     Boulder, 15'   Tortuga : Widower Wall
The Pearl   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 16'   Tortuga : The Black Pearl
Prince Charles   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Pass
Thievery   V8 7B     Boulder, 14'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Energy Crag
Arrowhead Arete Low   V8 7B     Boulder   The Dark Side : Arrowhead Arete Area
Anteater   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Tortuga : The Black Pearl
Lover's Leap   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Lover's Leap
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The Dagger (A.K.A. Sickle) V4 6B PG13  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : Elicit Area
Start down low in a crack system. Make a steep traverse up and right by climbing the obvious crack system until it turns pure horizontal and ends. From this point continue straight up onto a blank looking white face with only slopers to aid in your security. This one assures one of a spicy finish. At the moment, I feel this is the best line at the "Elicit Area!!" It's a must do!!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Dinosaur Ridge Park near Morrison. Photo by Blitzo...
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Downtown Morrison.
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Bouldering above the town of Morrison, before a sh...
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Morrison, Colorado. This photo was taken in Februa...
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By Seth Meisel
Apr 5, 2016

I was climbing at the Dark Side of Morrison today and was hiking out with my dog off leash, intending to leash him up as we got to the less steep part of the trail. As we came out, an older gentleman hiking in gave us the trail. We thanked him, and I made sure my 45lb, 10 month old pup was at my heel following. As we got next to this man, he pulled a stun gun out and cracked it off at us. We exchanged words that were not so kind and quickly distanced ourselves. An off duty officer hiking in that we warned about this gentleman encouraged us to file a report. The Morrison police, jeffco sherriff, and JeffCo park ranger showed up to take our report. Apparently this gentleman has an extensive history of doing this and was ticketed at Mathew/Winters Park last month for throwing a water bottle at a lady and her two dogs. I know the leash laws and offered to pay my fine. The ranger gave me a pass. This gentleman is roughly 5'10", late 50s- early 60s, wears cataract glasses, and drives a silver Forester. Please keep an eye out for him, and keep your dogs away from him. That stun gun would have probably killed my 45lb dog, since it's built to put me, at 190 lbs, down and out.

Safe climbing, my friends!
By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 23, 2007
An alternative to the regular Morrison bouldering/climbing:

Drive about a mile (west) out of Morrison up Bear Creek Canyon.
On the south side of the canyon (across the river) there is a severely overhanging face with two bolted routes on it.

The Bearicade, 5.12?, F.A. me and a bunch of my friends.
Kodiak Arrest, 5.13? F.A. Rufus Miller, Dave Twinum is on the right.

The climbs are about 100' above the river and can be spotted easier by driving past and turning around.

There is a large spot to pull off the road right under them.
These climbs are accessed by crossing the river any way you can(wading works). There is a dry way, but you have to cross a gated pipe.

We generally hike around to the top of the route and rap in. I haven't been there in a while, maybe some stuff to back things up. I do remember that the rap sling should hang over the lip and makes the last clip for a lead ascent. (you'll see). The bolts on the routes are good, the exposure is breath taking, the angle is steep!, the rock quality is very solid, and it is way pumpy! This is a great summer afternoon outing.
By Alex A
Aug 7, 2007
Has anyone climbed the cliffs above Evergreen Lake, they look good from the road,
By Tom Hanson
Aug 7, 2007
Hi Alex,
If you're into bouldering, there is some really good stuff, though hard to find, up at Alderfer-Three Sisters Park in Evergreen.
By the way, I see that you climbed for 25 years at The Lake.
Are you an ex-DLFA clubber?
I am a branch affiliate DLFA'er from Taylors Falls circa early seventies to 1982, when I moved to CO for multi-pitch.
Now living in Castle Rock as a founding foreskin of the DCCC
Rich Bechler bestowed upon me the unofficial title of Megalomaniacal Potentate of Fukness, so I am now unofficially "core" even if I am an over-the-hill-has-been.
By Andrew Bergner
Mar 15, 2013
Does anyone know of good camping in the area?
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Mar 15, 2013
Re: camping:
I'm not sure it would be considered "good", but the closest camping to Morrison is Bear Creek Lake Park -
By Andrew Bergner
Apr 29, 2013
Thanks for the help.

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