2014 Update: Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress, and all seasonal raptor closure areas on U.S. Forest Service land will be re-opened August 1, 2014 for climbing.
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.
Goofy Spire was first published in Ament and Erickson's 1972 guidebook to climbing around Boulder: "5.10." Goofy Spire is also listed in Ament and McCarty's 1976 and 1985 editions of "High Over Boulder."
Goofy Spire is 0.4 miles west of Boulder, up CO Highway 119. It sits not too high above the highway, across Boulder Creek from the Fourth Elephant Buttress. After leaving town, the prominent, left-facing dihedral on Goofy's narrow east face is the first obvious route in Boulder Canyon.
Climb a sort of chimney, and continue up the prominent, left-facing dihedral on the narrow east face. I led Jay Mather up this in 1972. It seemed like 5.7 at the time, but that was an old-school rating. I have never heard of anyone climbing this, before or since. Until now, I'm not aware of any publication of this route's existence. I thought it was a good climb. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO