2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
This is the small pinnacle that you see up and to the right as you cross the bridge heading towards the Dome. Despite a 30 second approach and being in plain view, you will not be waiting in line for either of these two routes, although both are worth an attempt if you've climbed everything on the Dome.
Park in the same pulloff as for the Dome and the Elephant Buttresses. Cross the main bridge and the pinnacle will almost be directly in front of you, being slightly to the right and above the water pipe. To avoid erosion, please do not scramble up the steep, loose hillside directly beneath the pinnacle. An easier approach is to follow the trail as if heading for The Dome. There will be a side trail leading back towards the pinnacle, placing you on the right side of the pinnacle.
Descent: walk off down the right side of the pinnacle.
Beware for the sensitive, there is a bunch of poison ivy on the approach from the right. Hopping the ditch is the best way to avoid it in spots.
This route is a good introduction to squeeze chimneying for anyone trying to learn. There are numerous features outside and inside the chimney to help those without perfect technique, and this route can easily be toproped by scrambling around the backside. On the right (East) side of the South Face is an obvious, squeeze chimney. Work your way up the chimney utilizing stems on the face for the start until you get sucked completely into the chimney. Use the other cracks inside of the chimney ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
I lost a BD ATC-Guide two weeks ago or so up in Boulder Canyon. I think I lost it around the Dome/Elephant Butresses area (but could be somewhere else). I'm just a poor college kid with no money and now no belay device. If you found it and returned it, I would be extremely grateful and would be more than happy to reward you with some beer.