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Morrison/Evergreen 


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Bouldering at the amazing Morrison Formation.

Description 

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


Resources 

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.


Camping 

Per Derek Lawrence: the closest camping is at Bear Creek Lake Park - www.lakewood.org/bclp/.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Morrison/Evergreen:
In the Beginning   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Breashears' Crack   V1 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'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up   V3-4 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...
Helicopter   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
The Captain   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Gilligan's Island
Double Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Squirming Coil   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Air Jordan   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Ghost Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Matthews-Winters Park : The Millenium Boulder
Child's Play   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Work and Play Area
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
Anteater   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   Tortuga : The Black Pearl
Rupture - V5-V7   V? R     Boulder, 10'   Morrison Boulders : The Dark Side
Lover's Leap   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Lover's Leap
The Road Less Traveled   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deer Creek Crag
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Jason Baker working the (V12-13) opening moves of the once unclimbed "Wisdom Wall" mega project, Now called "Rock Cheetah," after Chuck Fryberger's first ascent in mid September '09.  Now who's going for the 2nd ascent I wounder??!!??

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Climb the tall steep scary face just left of "Wisdom" and just right of "The face/crack project." I have tried this one a little with no luck!!! Not even a little!!! It has seen some attempts but as far as I know, no success to date.There is still a good deal of lose stone left to pull off this line but the solid crimp systems that will one day lead one to the finish is quite visible and looks as if it will go. I feel this one has been a long time in it's development because of ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Downtown Morrison.
Downtown Morrison.
Bouldering above the town of Morrison, before a show at Red Rocks.
Bouldering above the town of Morrison, before a sh...
Chuck pulls down another hard first ascent in the Evergreen area.
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Dinosaur Ridge Park near Morrison. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
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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 - www.lakewood.org/bclp/.

By Andrew Bergner
Apr 29, 2013

Thanks for the help.