Canyon Block Rock Climbing
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The Canyon Block is an obscure, house-sized, 35-foot tall boulder of high quality granite perched high on the North side of Boulder Canyon. Since its walls are South facing, this is a great place to go when it's cloudy, or cold.
The majority of the climbing is low angle and follows natural weaknesses like cracks, seams, and flakes. Most of the harder routes rely on a mixture of pitons, bolts, and traditional gear. None of the routes have fixed anchors, but the top of the block has plenty of trees, and cracks to set up anchors. For those interested in toproping, the top is easily accessed by hiking to the North side.
From the bridge at the bottom of Boulder Canyon, drive 4.7 miles and park at an obvious pullout on the North side of the road next to a large orange, red, and yellow sign that warns people to be careful with matches and fire.
Follow a gully with some exposed water polished granite slabs, and at the top bear right out of the gully and work your way slightly up and left towards the Canyon Block which sits at the top of the hill hidden by some trees.
The entire approach shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.
A? Damaged Goods
, 13-, 1p, 40', gear.
B? Rude Boy
, 12-, 1p, 50', gear.
, 9+, 1p, 35', gear.
, 12, 1p, 40', bolt, gear, piton.
D. Blues for Allah
, 13-, 1p, 40', bolts.
E. Canyon Block Project
, 13+ R?, 1p, gear.
F. Tricks are For Kids
, 12-, 1p, 40', bolts & gear.
, 12+ R, 1p, 45', gear.
, 13-, 1p, 45', gear.
I. Shallow Jam
, 10-, 1p, 25', gear.
Climbing Season For the Boulder Canyon area.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Canyon Block
Damaged Goods 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO
: Boulder Canyon
: Canyon Block
This would be a fairly ballsy lead. Just left of Rude Boy on the SW arete. Scramble up on to some blocks and climb a left angling seam up left to a jug and the arete proper. Two mank pins are your first pro. You may be able to get something in before but the pro would probobly take up your handhold. Athletic and powerful climbing the rest of the way up a thin crack. Really cool. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Shows how hard the crag is to see from below.
By Jay Eggleston
Sep 26, 2014
If you see "Long Walk Rock" on the approach, you have gone too far. You can't see the rock on the approach, but you want to cut right when it does not seem like you are in a gully anymore.