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Waltz in the Woods 

Elk River Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: David Haak on Aug 10, 2012
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This is wooded area across the Elk River from Seedhouse Road at Boulder Park. Boulders have fallen from the cliffs above and provided several fun and secluded boulder spots. There are no trails, and it requires a river crossing, but the underbrush is not thick and provided the river is not swollen it is an easy crossing. Plus, the majority of the boulders are perhaps 100 - 200 yards past the river, so the total approach time is very short. There a both boulders good quality and chossy, and there is a lot of room for development. This can be a very fun place to come and wander around for an afternoon, with a short approach but still a shady, secluded feel in the woods. Bring bug spray if you're coming after 10 a.m. Expect odd looks from fishermen on the Elk River.

Driving time from town: 45 minutes. Approach time: 5 minutes.

Getting There 

From Steamboat Springs, take Elk River Road North out of town. Turn East onto Seedhouse Road. Once you see the Vista Verde Guest Ranch on your left, drive approximately 2 miles more. Once you see Boulder Park on your right, drive approximately 300 more yards to the next pull off on the right. From the pulloff, follow a little trail 10 yards to the river and cross. The main boulder with the problem "Waltz in the Woods" is about 50 yards straight South to the base of the cliffs. Boulders can be found both direction along the base of the cliffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

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Waltz in the Woods V4 6B  CO : Steamboat Springs : Elk River Boulders
Sit start with a big undercling in the bottom of the overhanging part of the boulder. Make a move to a good angling hold with your left, set your feet, then try not to barn-door off as you make a committing move to a good horizontal hold with your right hand. Reach up with your left to find a good undercling, find a high left foot and smear your right in order to make the crux move. Alternately, make a far reach out left to pinch the lip, set your feet, then move to the undercling. Once set, thr...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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