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The Overlook

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Brenda from Kansas T,S 
Denver Nugget T 
Golden Child T 
Greenfield T 
Jersey Devil T 
Lobo T 
Louisville Slugger S 
Minnesota Fats T 
Obscurity Risk T,S 
Philadelphia Flyer T,S 
Probe, The S 
Straight Out of Compton T 
Transylvania T,S 
Yosemite Sam T 

The Overlook Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,900'
Location: 39.9796, -105.4539 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Oct 20, 2005

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A good cliff with a selection of trad and sport climbs. There are 12 routes so far. The crag is the upper tier of Broken Rock and offers great views in a quiet setting high above Boulder Creek.


A. Transylvania, 11, 1p, 70', bolts & gear. Cracks to flake to steep face. Start at pine tree by cave.
B. Yosemite Sam, 10+, 1p, 60', gear. Overhanging crack 15' L of C.
C. Louisville Slugger, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts & gear. Overhanging face 10' L of E.
D. Golden Child, 11, 1p, 55', bolts & gear. Overhanging face to crack 5' L of E.
E. Straight Out of Compton, 8+, 1p, 70', gear. Twin cracks & corner to flake/bulge.
F. Denver Nugget, 7+, 1p, 70', gear. Pod 10' R of E.
G. Minnesota Fats, 10, 1p, 50', gear. Thin crack to shallow offset corners. 35' downhill & L of J.
H. Lobo 10, 1p, 50', gear. Face to hanging flakes. Just R of G.
I. Greenfield, 11, 1p, 80', bolt & gear. Bulge to finger crack. Just R of H.
J. Obscurity Risk, 12-, 1p, 55', gear.
K. Philadelphia Flyer, 11, 1p, 60', 2 bolts & gear. Corners to hand crack through roof. 10' L of K.
L. Jersey Devil 9+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear. Corners & roofs on R side of cliff.
M. The Probe 11+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear. Climb the roof 10' R of K.

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Getting There 

Park as for Castle Rock. Cross the bridge and skirt the right (west) side of Broken Rock. At the top of Broken Rock traverse left and reach the far right side of the Overlook. The first route you get to is The Probe; the remaining routes are left and downhill from there.

Approach takes 10-15 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Boulder Canyon area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For The Overlook
Rock Climbing Photo: Straight Out of Compton and Denver Nugget.

Straight Out of Compton 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Boulder Canyon : The Overlook
Start left of Minnesota Fats at a thin hand crack. Climb up the left of two cracks. Great jams and stemming moves will get you over a flake/bulge. Continue up the crack to a tree and rap...or top out and walk off to the west. A really good route that should clean up after more ascents. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 5, 2006
Is the line up on the Overlook with the fixed nuts and pins a project, an open project, or an existing climb?
By Greg Hand
From: Golden, CO
Jun 5, 2006
T, the route with fixed nuts/pins is an existing climb rated 12a. I forget which guide I saw it in. It would be more friendly if the gear were "updated", but the FAs would need to do that.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 5, 2006
According to Rossiter's Boulder Canyon guidebook, the route is Obscurity Risk, 12a, FA by Don DeBieux, 1993.
By david goldstein
Jun 16, 2007
I found this crag a disappointment as most climbs are over after ten or fifteen feet. Momentum Operator on Broken Rock, along the approach, seemed much more worthwhile.

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