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By Alex Hesler
Mar 11, 2014
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Hey I'm planning a bouldering trip and just wanted to know what some ppl think is the best early spring bouldering area of the front range (outside of Colorado Springs)? The easier the approach the better, as one of my friends is recovering from an ACL surgery and would still like to be there. As for Colorado Springs, I can tell you the Blowouts at Garden of the Gods get the latest light and tend to stay dry all winter, landing included.


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By Justin Compton
From Longmont, CO
Mar 11, 2014
Bonnie's Roof

Carter Lake is worth spending a day or two at.


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By goatboy
From Nederland, CO
Mar 14, 2014

Closest to farthest from the Springs all within a two hour drive tho.

Ute Valley outside the GOG, full sun.
Elevenmile Canyon, might be cold.
West Creek, South Platte, sorta sunny.
Clear Creek Canyon, might be cold.
Morrison, full sun.
Flagstaff, cold to sunny.
Horsetooth Rez. full sun.
Your Mom, full sun and hot.


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By Alex Hesler
Mar 15, 2014
Me spinach.

West Creek area might be sweet, but I don't recall many v-easy boulders at Sheep's Nose. Ute Valley/GoG, too close to home... And apparently some feel that Morrison will be too cold. Are the approaches long at Three Sisters/Alderfer? I've also heard the weather around YOUR mom is great, even though she's getting a few inches overnight! Xp


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By Ralph Kolva
From Evergreen, CO
Mar 15, 2014

Alex Hesler wrote:
Are the approaches long at Three Sisters/Alderfer?


The Eggs and Gilligan's Island are only 5 minutes from the parking lot, being that close they are the most popular as well. Some areas are a little more difficult to locate, may take some exploring. Plenty of other spots that aren't in the guides and I've never seen anybody else on the more remote boulders.


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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Mar 15, 2014

How long is your trip? If you have just a few days, a bit of a tour of the Front Range area would be worthwhile. If you head north, Flagstaff Mtn., Carter Lake, and Horsetooth Reservoir are each worth a day, have short approaches, and offer good weather this time of year. Great bouldering in the Flatirons, starting to get good temps in March, but you have to hike. Castlewood Canyon is another good choice, which is often overlooked. It is quite warm, sunny, and wind-sheltered, and there is some really good bouldering tucked in there. Approaches vary in length, though,a nd some are moderately long. Despite the odd statement a few posts up, Morrison will not be too cold; if anything it is starting to get too hot by now. Don't go to Morrison, though, since the climbing there is just plain terrible and not worth driving up from C. Springs for...I live 10 minutes away and don' think it is worthwhile. Aldefer/ Three Sisters has some good stuff, but make sure to get good beta before going; finding the goods there can be somewhat tricky.

If your time frame is closer to a week, skip the Front Range choss and drive to Joe's Valley. Totally worth it. Absurdly short approaches, amazing bouldering, free camping, and good weather in March.


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