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5.8 Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Black Hole, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Cockpit, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Dark Side, The 0 / 0 / 1 / 93 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 93
Lobby, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Magnum Block 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Mezzanine 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Nautilus 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Sailor's Delight Block 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Spike Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Tree Slab 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 5,800 ft
GPS: 39.652, -105.185 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Quinn Stevens on Nov 29, 1999
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Morrison is a classic Front Range bouldering area. It's likely best known for the problems in The Lobby and Black Hole, on the cliffside north of town. Here one will find a hardman's delight, offering a number of classic problems, linkups, and eliminations at V5 and above. Most problems tackle greasy slopers with a few wicked crimps interspersed. North Morrison receives high traffic, which is good and bad. The area is dirty and polished. However, here one can receive a gym like workout, on real rock, in an encouraging atmosphere. Everyone knows your name, or at least the beta. I know there is alternative, quality bouldering around Morrison that climbs actual boulders. Having never climbed them, I'll depend on others to add this to the site.

Getting There

Easy. From Boulder, take CO 93 to Golden, US Highway 6 to C-470 heading South, and get off 5-10 minutes later at Morrison. Take a right after exiting. One can also take a right just past Golden on Heritage Rd, which becomes a highway that goes by Red Rocks and spits you out into Morrison on the west side. From Denver, take US 285 to C-470, then head north the the Morrison exit, and take a left into town.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Morrison Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
Center or Regular Problem aka Fire an…
V1 5
In the Beginning
V1+ 5
Part of A Warmup Traverse
V1-2 5
Bearded Lady (aka Hand Crack)
V2- 5+
Breashears' Crack
V3 6A
Breashear's Crack II
V3 6A
Done Deal Dyno
V3 6A
Upper Wisdom
V4 6B
High Gravity aka Slots
V5- 6C
Double Arete
V5 6C
Air Jordan
V5 6C
Squirming Coil
V5-6 6C+
V5-6 6C+
V6 7A R
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Center or Regular Problem a… Tree Slab
V0+ 4+ Boulder
In the Beginning Dark Side > Cube Area
V1 5 Boulder
Part of A Warmup Traverse Dark Side > Warm-up Traverse Area
V1+ 5 Boulder
Bearded Lady (aka Hand Crack) Dark Side > Squirming Coil Area
V1-2 5 Boulder
Breashears' Crack Black Hole
V2- 5+ Boulder
Breashear's Crack II Dark Side > Cube Area
V3 6A Boulder
Done Deal Dyno Dark Side > Cube Area
V3 6A Boulder
Upper Wisdom Black Hole
V3 6A Boulder
High Gravity aka Slots Dark Side > Warm-up Traverse Area
V4 6B Boulder
Double Arete Dark Side > Squirming Coil Area
V5- 6C Boulder
Air Jordan Black Hole
V5 6C Boulder
Squirming Coil Dark Side > Squirming Coil Area
V5 6C Boulder
Helicopter Black Hole
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Dasani Dark Side > Dasani Area
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Rupture Dark Side > Caves > Rupture Cave
V6 7A R Boulder
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After 2 seasons of playing around on the well-known established lines within the hidden gem that is Morrison South, I have recently wondered about the blocks littering the hogback as it continues towards the south. Have any of you ventured past the "Schoolyard" Boulder? Potential for more stuff back there? Apr 26, 2017
Matt Rhodin
Denver, CO
Matt Rhodin   Denver, CO
Did anyone find a black North Face softshell in the main area of the Black Hole on Saturday (2/4)? Pretty sure I forgot it on my way out. PM me if you have any info! Feb 6, 2017
half-pad-mini-jug   crauschville
Moso Roof!!… Jul 7, 2012
Jon Sauls
Denver, Colorado
Jon Sauls   Denver, Colorado
Can anyone tell me what problem this is and its rating? I have scoured the internet looking for it with no luck. It is the 1st problem in this video: Jul 5, 2012
Clayton James   SLC
As of today, November 9th, the "plush" (read: disgusting) carpet in the Black Hole has been carried out and disposed of. We felt it was time that something be done about the eyesore. The crag looks much better now! I hope that everyone is psyched on their winter projects... see you out there! Nov 9, 2011
Question on South Mountain in Morrison? I've been working on a problem that people have been referencing as "Rapture": It starts low in a crack to a nice undercling, a reach of to a horn, and then you ride a rail to a slap on an arete and then work your way up. The problem is I can't find any info on the problem and I'm not believing everyone when they say that it's a V9 problem especially, since it looks like someone to a hammer punch to the crux on the rail. If anyone can lend some input, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks all,
and keep climbing. Jul 7, 2010
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
doug rouse   Denver, CO.
I checked out this guy's profile...there should be an age limit to contribute to this site.... Maybe your dad will buy you your own bouldering area.... Feb 1, 2010
Boulder, CO
Helldorado   Boulder, CO
I went to Morrison a few months ago and I don't plan on returning... ever. It is by far the shittiest/worst place to go climbing, or just to go in general. If you love greasy, varnished handholds, packs of dogs running beneath you while you climb, crowds so big you can't even get on anything, and a day of incessant traffic noise and dirty looks from the locals, then you're in luck, because shitty-ass Morrison is the place for you!

But in all seriousness, if you want to check this place out, don't even bother, it's too crowded to even climb anything, and most of the problems aren't even worth doing anyway. Do yourself a favor and go to the gym, where you'll actually be able to get on something, or a legitimate climbing area.

Flame away people, but this place is just sad. Jan 13, 2010
Colorado Springs, CO
jmeizis   Colorado Springs, CO
Left a nice new guidebook there today. It's either soaked in rain or somebody grabbed it already, but since I live in Colorado Springs I guess it's my donation to somebody. Maybe I shouldn't have tried to pick up trash because I only ended up leaving some of my own. Jun 15, 2009
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
doug rouse   Denver, CO.
Best bet is to hook up with a local. There are hundreds of problems here, and many are very good quality. I have seen many people come and go, and miss several "used to be" locals. Anyway, I could not help but have a laugh regarding the above climbers inability to find " the bouldering ". Hope you have found them, and may your forearms last a good long time> Jul 1, 2008
Andy Librande
Denver, CO
Andy Librande   Denver, CO
PbPaul: I believe you were asking where the main area to boulder at Morrison is; it is very straightforward and it sounds like you just missed it. Here is a map showing parking spots and where the two boulder areas are:

Google Map Link Apr 30, 2008
Denver, CO
PbPaul   Denver, CO
I was looking around for the hill that leads up forever. When the four of us parked at the parking lot, just outside of the small town of Morrison, a block away from The Morrison Inn, we looked around for a trail.

We seen a very small trail to the left, and followed that until we ran into a little excavation site, went back, then tried going straight up. We stopped because we figured that there would be an obvious trail. Where is the trail up this hill, or were we at the wrong spot to go bouldering? Would anyone give detailed directions from this parking lot, please.

We ended up going all the way to Red Rocks, crossing over and doing that trail, looking for some rock to boulder... But there wasn't anything decent, especially something with a safe fall. Apr 28, 2008
Olaf Mitchell
Paia, Maui, Hi,
Olaf Mitchell   Paia, Maui, Hi,
For many years we had this place all to ourselves. When it was cold and snowy, the gang from Bolder came down. We put up most of the obvious stuff and had a real good time. It was our club! It's where we trained and met our adventurer partners. It was a great scene, and I hope that it still is. Mar 22, 2007
Alan, Morrison is Dakota Sandstone, not granite. You have to go a little further west for that. Jul 13, 2005
If coming from [Denver], take [Morrison] exit off of [C470]. take first right past the foothills. park in the first lot at the base of the foothills, climb up the hill, and find any area you want all along the whole backside of the foothill. I've done quite a few leads up random places that look like a nice challenge. there's not too many bolts anywhere...which is fine you just have to find your own way up. numerous possibilities, although any climbs are likely to be only at a low 5.8 5.9 level. sure if you want there's plenty of places to set up a top rope. it's a nice climbing area. good rock (granite?) not one of the most prime spots though. a lot more bouldering than anything. Jul 12, 2005
Morrison vandalized. Cleanup scheduled for 3/5/05.……

Mar 4, 2005
I've been learning to climb at an indoor gym and would like to move things outside and try out some natural challenges. I live close to Morrison so can find it easy enough, but WHERE in Morrison exactly is it? I'm looking to do some easy boldering.

Thanks for any help. Jan 25, 2005
Mike Lane
Centennial, CO
Mike Lane   Centennial, CO
What the hell! The comment up top attributed to me is not mine. I just happened to stumble upon this, appearantly anyone can scroll down and use someone else's name. For the record I bouldered there consistantly through the first half of the 90's. Before gyms this was a great place to develop contact strength; and there are many classic- albeit ancient- problems every local climber should be familiar with. As to the a-hole who used my name for that pompous statement up top, grow some hair on your balls and move out of your mom's basement. Jan 13, 2004
My buddy wayne romanchuck downclimbed this line, pretty cool! Apr 30, 2003
Quinn and Nate, You guys are right on. Morrison is an outdoor gym with a high level of hard problems in a concentrated area, that's what makes it great. Schmidty Apr 4, 2003
Quinn Stevens
Denver, CO
Quinn Stevens   Denver, CO
The people I climb with and have met at Morrison recognize the area for what it is - a dirty grotto that gives you a chance to have a solid workout on real rock. For myself it's not too much different than a gym, but at least it's outside. Futher, you can climb comfortably at Morrison when it's practicly snowing. While many problems are contrived, last time I checked they have been recognized as such on this site. It's not like you dip shits are offering any new information.

I understand the idea that the locals take the climbing too seriously. But I hope anyone who says that has never spent too much time climbing in a gym - the point being, everyone takes their silly climbing interests too seriously. Morrison is what it is. Some enjoy it and obviously others don't. Little pricks who have problems with that don't impress anybody except themselves. Dec 17, 2002

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