Elevation: 5,960 ft
GPS: 40.32, -105.214 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: James Schroeder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

A beautiful place to boulder, and a good variety of problems litter this area. All problems are found on the mile long east bank of Carter Lake. Most are slightly higher and away from the bank, with on exeption being Big Kahuna Roof, which one writer described as "Colorado's Best V5." Being close to shore, it actually lies underwater during part of the year.

The rock type feels more gentle to the fingers than Flagstaff, and there's a refreshingly nice variation of moderate lines. Landings are more in the ankle-injuring genre, given the somewhat higher elevation of the problems, but not death-like.

Steve Mammen deserves the credit for developing most of the problems in this area. We welcome more thorough commentary on this area, as we have only rarely visited it; though we do plan on journeying more up there in the future.

Getting There

It is about a 45 minute drive from Boulder. From Boulder, take CO 119 (Diagonal Highway) north into Longmont until it terminates at 287. Go north on CO Hwy 287 approximately 11 miles, where the road takes a blatantly obvious, 90 degree, banked, arcing, right turn, with a gas station on the west side of the road. There are signs at this point for Carter Lake. Instead of entering the turn, go straight ahead, and then take a left on 56 (the road right behind the gas station). Follow for about 3.1 miles, and then take a left. Follow for another 3 miles, and enter the park. You have to pay for a day pass here. Follow the road to a junction with a sign that notes that continuation goes to the south side of the reservoir, and to take a right means to go to the boat launch.

Going straight, the road arcs up and right 200 yards further, and the lake is basically in sight. There is a pull-off for a dirt parking lot on the right side, but it kind of comes as a surprise. Park here and take the Fawn Hollow Trail north, staying on the ridge line or below, towards the lake.

Going right from that junction, you park and walk south to access the boulders around the lake.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Carter Lake

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V1 5
 4
Wilford Prow
Boulder
V2 5+
 63
The Seam
Boulder
V3 6A
 66
Beach Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 20
West Face [Extension Boulder]
Boulder
V3 6A
 32
Standard Route
Boulder
V4 6B
 43
Rocky Top
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Squeeze Job
Boulder
V4 6B
 46
South Line
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 46
Skunk Rub
Boulder
V5 6C
 44
Flaky Pull Roof
Boulder
V5 6C
 41
Beached Whale
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 26
Sloper Chief
Boulder
V6 7A
 83
Kahuna Roof
Boulder
V7 7A+
 11
Doughboy
Boulder
V8 7B
 18
Face Wipe
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wilford Prow Spice Roof
 4
V1 5 Boulder
The Seam Spice Roof
 63
V2 5+ Boulder
Beach Crack Kahuna Boulder
 66
V3 6A Boulder
West Face [Extension Boulder] Extension Boulder
 20
V3 6A Boulder
Standard Route Scenic Rock
 32
V3 6A Boulder
Rocky Top Extension Boulder
 43
V4 6B Boulder
Squeeze Job Little Debbie's Boulder
 34
V4 6B Boulder
South Line Scenic Rock
 46
V4 6B Boulder
Skunk Rub Skunk Rub Boulder
 46
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Flaky Pull Roof Dead Trees Rock
 44
V5 6C Boulder
Beached Whale Kahuna Boulder
 41
V5 6C Boulder
Sloper Chief Little Debbie's Boulder
 26
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Kahuna Roof Kahuna Boulder
 83
V6 7A Boulder
Doughboy Doughboy Boulder
 11
V7 7A+ Boulder
Face Wipe Big Block
 18
V8 7B Boulder
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