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Bell Buttress Massif 

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Elevation: 6,600'
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Bell Buttress has been divided for organizational purposes. The subdivisions include The Aquarium Wall, The Main Crag, Bean Liquor Wall, and The Patio.

Getting There 

Drive West on Canyon from Boulder and set your odometer at the bridge just east of the Dome. Drive 8.1mi up the canyon and a little ways beyond Boulder Falls, look for Practice Rock on the north side of the road with a gravel pullout. Park here then head across the creek on the south side of the road via a tree bridge.

To access the routes, hike downstream to the east end of the wall then scramble up an easy ramp to the base of the routes. Descent from the top is via a gully on the west side of the wall.

53 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bell Buttress Massif:
West Face   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
West Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Cosmosis   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Gates of Eden   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Gish   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Aquarium Wall
Hambanger   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bean Liquor Wall
Hound Dog   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Saved by the Bell   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Bell Buster   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Huck Finn   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 70'   Aquarium Wall
Epiphany   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Grand Inquisitor   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Arms Bazaar   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
The War on Peace   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Patio
The Spoils   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Beethoven's Fifth   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Tiempos de Ceguera (Times of Blindness)   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
Verve   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a     Sport, Chipped, 1 pitch, 80'   Bell Buttress - Main Crag
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Featured Route For Bell Buttress Massif
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Hound Dog 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Bell Buttress - Main Crag
On the left side of Bell Buttress, at a tree flush against the wall, is this excellent, well-protected route. The climbing is good from bottom to top, with good crimpy edges and a reachy crux somewhere by the 8th bolt. The bolted line which extends up and left from the 8th bolt is "Freak on a Leash" (5.12d, F.A. Steve Sangdahl & Chip Rockgrabber), an exercise in devious, hard-to-figure-out moves. By the way, Hound Dog has been led using gear and clipping only two of the bolts (an...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The classic Cosmosis Dihedral, photo: Bob Horan.
The classic Cosmosis Dihedral, photo: Bob Horan.
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By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 1, 2008

The Dan Levison Community Service Foundation has kindly put in an excellently positioned tyrolean traverse and connecting trail right in at the bottom of the crag.

By Rich Farnham
May 4, 2011

The tyrol rope was getting pretty scary (multiple coreshots). It has been replaced with two strands of static rope that should be good for a couple more years.

Thanks to everyone who donated rope for the Boulder Canyon tyrols!

By Rich Farnham
May 29, 2013

Well, I guess "a couple more years" was technically accurate. Only 2 years before someone cut this down. Wish I knew who was cutting these down. The ropes were still in great shape.

I'll try to get out there soon to add new ropes, which will be a pain in the a$$ since the creek is already raging.

By Hale
From: Boulder
Jun 3, 2013

I added a new tyrol yesterday (6/2) with some old dynamic rope. I plan to replace it with some static rope soon.