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This area comprises the main bouldering areas in Rocky Mountain National Park including: Chaos Canyon, Tyndall Gorge (containing Emerald Lake and the Hallett's Boulder), and miscellaneous boulders such as Lonestar/Stinkbug. Specific descriptions are found under the respective areas.

If you want to add any problems in RMNP, check to make sure there is not an area or boulder already set up that it can be added to. Do not add individual problems to this site unless there is an area and boulder description in place. If there aren't any, feel free to add them, but make sure the descriptions are detailed and accurate for all three, area, boulder, and problem.

Getting There 

Access generally through the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station though other access points may be needed, depending on the areas.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

100 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in RMNP Bouldering Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for RMNP Bouldering Areas:
Beginner's Luck   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Potato Chip Layback   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
The Cube V5   V4 6B     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Potato Chip Pinch   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
Autobot   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Gobot Boulder
The Kind (originally In Your Face, then Standard Overhang - after the block was removed)   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Counter Attack *   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : Revenge Area
The Cube V6   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Revenge   V6- 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : Revenge Area
Kneebar   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Potato Chip   V7- 7A+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
Tiger Stripes   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
Interference aka Geeks of the Industry   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine, 9'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Geeks of the Industry Bould...
Tommy's Arete   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Automator Boulder
Gang Bang   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine, 10'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Centaur Boulder
Skipper D   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine   Upper Chaos Canyon : Skipper Roof
Right El Jorge   V9 7C     Boulder, Alpine   Upper Chaos Canyon : El Jorge Boulder
Handicapps   V9 7C     Boulder, Alpine, 11'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Centaur Boulder
Deep Puddle Dynamics   V9+ 7C     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Deep Puddle Dynamics
Whispers of Wisdom   V10 7C+     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
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Featured Route For RMNP Bouldering Areas
Rock Climbing Photo: Elizabeth Williams on The Kind.

The Kind (originally In Your Face, then Standard Overhang - after the block was removed) V5 6C  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Emerald Lake
The crux is making the long reach for the good slot/pocket/crimp jug (crug). Landing is fair since the boulder overhangs a small slab. Start on a left-facing jug at the center of the wall, move slightly left.This problem was established earlier by Jim Hurst, Jim Belcer, and Dean Potter as "In Your Face" due to a large block at the top of the route that would crush your face. After it was removed the name was changed to "Standard Overhang." History noted. I have chosen to keep the name The K...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Tanner Mitchell
From: Fort Collins CO
Mar 21, 2010
Anyone ever boulder on the walls just before Mills Lake? I was messing around on the wall just after you take the steep incline and go under the fallen tree - there's a fun overhanging problem right away, and a few lines as you go down the rock. I couldn't top any of them due to the snow, so I figured I'd put this up to see if anyone knows if these have names/grades.
By Fred Knapp
Jul 12, 2011
Jamie Emerson's new bouldering guide to RMNP and Mt.Evans has arrived.
By Stephen Nance
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 3, 2011
Jamie Emerson's book is now available at Neptune Mountaineering. Come get it while it's hott!!!
By Sean Morgan
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 14, 2011
Is there any info on here for the Moraine Park boulders?
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 15, 2011
There hasn't been much added for that area. There is a the beginning of a subarea here.
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Sep 16, 2011
For me, there will be a short hiatus on adding info to give the guidebook some elbow room for sales.
By Jason Scott Heacock
From: Nashua, NH
Dec 15, 2011
Does anyone know if you're able to camp out at (any) of these bouldering destinations? As in near the rocks, in the canyon, etc....

By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Dec 15, 2011
I am pretty sure you are not allowed to camp in the bouldering areas. I think bivy permits are only for roped climbs. See the RMNP website for more details.
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Dec 16, 2011
You can camp at Mount Evans, but RMNP is very tightly controlled for bivying and camping. The hike in, even to Upper, is not much more than an hour, so even if it was allowed, camping would be more trouble than it was worth.

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