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.
Just past the Red Lion Inn on the right side of the highway is a low angle slab with some blasted rock at its base. The rock quality is good, but generally low angle and unprotected. If you belay from the bottom realize you will be standing on the shoulder of the road. Toproping from above is the best option. For a number of reasons, I would suggest climbing elsewhere, but if you must, please be very careful not to kick any rocks into traffic!
2.8 miles up Boulder Canyon from where the highway crosses the creek on the right hand side. Park just past the slab.
Begin on the blasted rock at the base of the slab. Pop a small roof (5.8) and continue upward on easy terrain. A dike with large, quartz crystals provides the most obvious path. If you climb this, be extremely careful not to kick any rocks loose onto passing cars as this route is directly over the highway....[more]Browse More Classics in CO