Confluence Boulder Rock Climbing
East Face: the route in black is likely Interstate...
If you have ever driven the section of I-70 between Vail and Beaver Creek, chances are you wondered if there are problems on the boulder at Dowd Junction. There certainly is, there are moderate high ball problems on all sides. High cruxes over good landings. Worthwhile.
Exit off I-70 onto north bound US Hwy 24, this is the Minturn exit (driving away from Minturn). Drive 100 yards or so and park to access the pedestrian bridge. Cross pedestrian bridge and scamper down to the rock. Quality rock and high problems make this a worthwhile stop.
V1 Center route** - Climb the center of the west face. Start in bowl feature and climb to the cobble block jug. Crux is high. Quality.
5.8 Crack* - Crux at top
V1 Corner - Climb the right side of corner; very high
5.7 Southwest Corner - warm up
5.7 Face, good warm up
5.4 Down climb
V1 Southeast Corner*
V3 Interstate Contemplate** - Climb the center of the east face. Start left hand on toothy pocket, right on a crimp, do a big move to huge sloping shelf, mellow top out.
V3 Variation* - start L rounded block, R toothy pocket; up to round block finish good crimps
V2 North Side Loco.** - Obvious line on the back. Don't fall.
Climbing Season For the Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff area.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
Featured Route For Confluence Boulder
Northwest corner: the red route is the Northwest c...
South face: the route in light blue is my downclim...
West face: the light blue line is my downclimb on ...
Southwest corner: the light blue is my downclimb, ...
North face: the yellow route is the extremely high...
By Brandon Chalk
Aug 6, 2015
I added six photos trying to label the various routes that I have come to know and color code them with the existing descriptions as best I can. Hope it helps. This is a great boulder and is a nice location despite being just below I-70. I always enjoy my time there.