This is a secret gem of bouldering in the Gunnison (more like Crested Butte) area. A very Frenchy setting, these boulders are located amongst the trees underneath the massive wall to the east of the town of Crested Butte. Generally uncrowded (I have never seen more than two other parties), this area boasts some great quality rock.
Park north of the area and take the bike/hiking trail to the boulders.
Per Luke Mehall: Please be sure to access the boulders correctly. In addition to not parking in the Skyland residential area, there are a couple other considerations.
The best way to access the boulders is via bicycle (or hiking) the Tony's Trail, which leads right up to the Hone Stone. This is easily found by taking Elk Ave. east, until it turns into a dirt road.
Per Luke Mehall: dogs are not allowed on this trail, however, and climbers have received fines for having dogs in this area, as it is used for ranching.
If you do have dogs and want to bring them up, the best way to do that is to access the Skyland Boulders from the town of Mt. Crested Butte, via the Upper Loop. A parking area is available on Hunter Hill Rd.
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|Comments on Skyland Boulders
|By Kyle Flannigan|
Jun 26, 2008
To get to the North entrance drive towards Crested Butte Mt Resort. Turn right on Hunter Hill just before the resort, and again right on Hunter Hill. Drive for 2-3 mins till you reach the overlook. Park and walk down the Upper Loop bike trail for about 25-30 minutes to the boulders.
- All the directions I've ever given to specific boulders on this site were from the south entrance walking towards the North as I used that entrance last season. This season a few people I know have gotten tickets parking in the Skyland neighborhood. Trying to respect possible access issues this season.
Aug 3, 2010
OMG!!! This has to be one of THE BEST bouldering areas in Colorado. Fantastic stone, tall boulders, beautiful setting! What more can you ask for?!? Just watch out for afternoon thunder/lighning storms, got caught in one this weekend, not fun....
|By Morgan Patterson|
Jun 14, 2011
While I was living out there one summer this used to be my fav spot... except when running from lightning! And I guess you can't just park next to the boulders anymore either...bummer!
From: Denver, CO
Jul 5, 2012
If you're coming to the Skyland Boulders from Crested Butte, it's a solid two mile hike from the 4 way intersection on Elk Road.
|By Zach Alberts|
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Jan 6, 2013
I made a topo for Skyland a few years ago while I was still living in Crested Butte. I had totally forgotton about it until I randomly happened upon it while going through some old things recently. I think I made it mostly for myself, to remember all the great boulder problems as well as the years of my life spent wandering around in the aspens looking for new problems and trying to repeat old ones. Anyways, I figured that I might as well share it with other climbers who want to experience all Skyland has to offer as well as the names and grades of most of the problems. Have fun and enjoy! ---Zach
Here it is: Skyland Bouldering Topo.
|By Max Lasky|
From: Crested Butte, CO
Apr 28, 2013
Thanks, Zach! This topo is awesome :)
|By Luke Mehall|
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 12, 2013
Zach, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing, was out there the other day and saw some folks with your guide. Miss seeing you around, buddy!