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.
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and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
This rock lies across the river and uphill of Castle Rock to the Southwest. It faces somewhat Northeast and gets a little sun in the AM, I figure, although I have never been on it then. It does get some mid-day sun for sure. This rock is not to be confused with the solid, nice granite and long routes on Castle Rock. Its proximity to a good crag was not a contagion, and it is a fact that this rock is less desirable, with the right buttress being the least so. The cliff is also considerably smaller and closer than it appears to be at first.
The cliff has two main buttresses, Right and Left, as Rossiter refers to them in Boulder Canyon Climbs - the difference between the two being self-explanatory. There are a few each of trad and sport lines. There are no must-do classics on this crag of which I am aware. There seem to be some "don't bother" lines, and some "Don't do them even if you are passing by" lines. My own personal experience at this crag has been negative. The one line that calls from below, 'Short But Sweet' is a dihedral capped by a roof. This called me up to the crag but left me with a terrible taste in my mouth, particularly as my partner was rained on by kitty-litter-like rock for most of my time on the route.
From Castle Rock, look over the stream and uphill. You can clearly see the crag. Go left (South East) from the direct river crossing to catch a good talus field to ascend up and right to the crag at its right edge. At the base you will encounter the covered aqueduct, which at first glance appears to be an old road- until of course you hit the manhole cover. This "road" makes a nice trail along the base that goes completely the length of anything you might consider worthy of climbing.
This crux is a bouldering start to the first bolt. The first bolt is about 12 feet off the ground. It continues to be 5.10 to the third bolt. After few moves above the third bolt, the difficulty backs off to about 5.7 or 5.8. The origin of the name is from an article in the Denver Post, about prairie dogs from Wyoming migrating to Boulder County and taking over the burrows of the Colorado prairie dogs. Having lived most of my life in Wyoming, I got chuckle of the imagery of the "cowboy" p...[more]Browse More Classics in CO