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Areas in Hartman Rocks

Bambi's Trail 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Beginner's Slab 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Best Crack Wall 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Bouldering Areas 0 / 0 / 0 / 101 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 101
Buddha's Belly Wall 2 / 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Buddha's Slab 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Corridor , The 3 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Cut the Rope Wall aka Tom Sawyer Wall 0 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Groove Rock aka Leap of Faith Area 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Little Finger aka Penis Rock Area 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Predators' Perch 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Project Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Resistance Wall 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Rock 'N Roll Wall 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Slab of No Return 1 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Slot, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Super Slabs 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Teenage Wasteland 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Tiger Wall 1 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Elevation: 8,165 ft
GPS: 38.497, -106.948 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Terry Fisher on Jul 27, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Living in Gunnnison, CO, I have noticed a peculiar absence of information on climbing in this area. The stellar climbing is often overshadowed by, of course, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Located four miles outside of Gunnison, Hartman Rocks is a great area for those interested in a multi-sport environment. It is a multi-use area with miles of off-road and mountain bike trails, free camping, and of course great rock climbing. The rock is a granite, often compared to J-tree, bomber in most areas and loose and crumbly in others. All types of climbing can be done here; however, it has mostly bolted routes (5.5-5.12+), great bouldering in the V-easy to V-hard range, with a few trad cracks thrown in for good measure. Most routes can be accessed from the parking areas of the crags with anchors for top-ropes too. Some classics include Buddha's Belly, Tiger Stripe Wall, and Super Slabs. The climbing community has been putting up routes here for years, but new opportunity abounds. If you see a line you want to try, if it can't go clean, bolting is not frowned upon. Ammenities can be found in Gunnison ranging from a KOA campground to restaurants and even a hospital! lol Rock and Roll Sports in Gunnison is a great place for beta (free climbing guide), and local climbers are friendly and a great source for info.

Getting There

Gunnison is located on US 50 between Salida and Montrose. Heading west out of town on US 50 (Tomichi) you will see a sign for Hartman Rocks (if you cross a bridge you've gone too far.) The KOA campground is shortly on the right and after about 2 miles you will see the entrance to the park on the right. Stay on the dirt road going up a heavily washboarded hill. Once at the top make your second left and the crags are located on the left (east) side of the road. There are numerous different areas to climb at, the first prominent pulloff on the left being the Buddha's Belly Area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hartman Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5 PG13
Chief Broken Wing
Boulder
V3 6A
White Lightning
Boulder
V3 6A R
Water Groove
Boulder
V3 6A
Madagascar
Boulder
V3 6A
Straight Razor
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
Quarter Inch Master
Boulder
V4 6B
Raleigh Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
Jaws Arete
Boulder
V7-8 7B
Rimjob
Boulder
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Keating Beating
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Buddha's Belly
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Little Finger aka Penis Rock - South…
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Pink Nipple
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Laughing Buddha
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Crystal Ship
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chief Broken Wing Bouldering Areas > Quarter Inch Master Area V1 5 PG13 Boulder
White Lightning Bouldering Areas > White Lightning Area V3 6A Boulder
Water Groove Bouldering Areas > Kill Hill Boulder… > Water Groove Area (top of Kill H… V3 6A R Boulder
Madagascar Bouldering Areas > Stash V3 6A Boulder
Straight Razor Bouldering Areas > Stash V3 6A Boulder
Quarter Inch Master Bouldering Areas > Quarter Inch Master Area V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Raleigh Arete Bouldering Areas > Quarter Inch Master Area V4 6B Boulder
Jaws Arete Bouldering Areas > Quarter Inch Master Area V6 7A Boulder
Rimjob Bouldering Areas > Quarter Inch Master Area V7-8 7B Boulder
Keating Beating Super Slabs 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Buddha's Belly Buddha's Belly Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Little Finger aka Penis Roc… Little Finger aka Penis Rock Area 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Pink Nipple Super Slabs 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Laughing Buddha Buddha's Belly Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Crystal Ship Tiger Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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To whoever put a bolt on the top of Birdman at The Stash (bouldering area),

Please remove this bolt. The problems on this boulder were all done ground up.

I know it can be hard to find info on things around the Gunnison Valley, so you may not have known that all the main features on this boulder had already been climbed. If you would like to toprope or inspect the lines on rappel, a ground anchor can be constructed on all sides of the boulder.

Thanks,

Will Anglin May 7, 2017
gavi lightsey
Montrose CO
gavi lightsey   Montrose CO
Hey, found a pair of orange climbing shoes over by Tiger Wall. Let me know at 9705965162 if they're yours. Oct 22, 2016
matthew
Gunnison, Colorado
matthew   Gunnison, Colorado
We have been able to get a Honda fit up Kill Hill all summer so far. Jun 24, 2013
Laura Fremgen
Missoula, Montana
Laura Fremgen   Missoula, Montana
Just wanted to add that the road to get to Hartman can be a little rough. I took a Subaru up there, and it struggled in a few places. Would recommend good tires and good clearance for whatever vehicle you take! Apr 13, 2013
www.gunnisonglory.com
BRINGS live music to the natural rock ampitheatre within Hartman Rocks Recreation Area...come check it out!!! May 19, 2011
Jasonn  
Whoo, I'll be there. May 12, 2010
Luke Mehall
Durango, Colorado
Luke Mehall   Durango, Colorado
Hey, y'all be sure to check out 24 Hours of Gunnison Glory, the first 24 hour climbing festival in the west. It will be at Hartmans on the 27th and 28th of June. Check our website at:

gunnisonriverfestival.com/g…

or give me a call 970-943-7053 or email: lmehall@western.edu May 12, 2009
The best guide (at the moment) for this area is Cowan's guide, available at Rock and Roll. I'm taking all of my information from that as I add routes. Unfortunately this guide doesn't have topos, and the route descriptions don't always line up so some of the routes will probably be misnamed. Sorry.

If you're climbing in Gunny, your first stop should be Rock and Roll. You'll get expert advice, find any gear you may need, and get beta on crags that aren't listed in any guide. Go there. Jun 14, 2006
Joseph Stover
Batesville, AR
Joseph Stover   Batesville, AR
Is there any way to get some more beta on this and close by areas? What about guide books? I am specifically interested in sport 5.7-5.11 and bouldering V0-V6. Does anyone have some digital Topos or any other info? May 4, 2006
MB
MB  
Great place to climb!!! just went there last weekend and had an awesome time.. great bouldering.. also you can camp right next to the rocks where you climb so its real nice... also many many rocks there to do and could easily spend a week there climbing, also its right outside of Gunnison so it's real quick to the food and what-not Sep 19, 2005
LAKE CITY: I am hoping to ask about any new routes in the area of Lake City. I used to live in the area for years, and know how to get to Gods Crag from directions on stoneseeker.com. I am taking a trip to Lake city this weekend, and I'm bringing some new climbers.

Are there any new areas you could advise me on that would have softer climbs? Are there any new 5.8-5.11 climbs near Gods Crag?

Any information much appreciated! May 25, 2004
OOPS!!!! I have referred on several ocasions to "Hell Hill" which is the first big hill you come too after turning into the park, my apologies the actual name is "Kill Hill" for those of you who care anyway lol. Aug 26, 2002
Most of the information that I have comes from a free guide that can be found at Rock n Roll sports in Gunnison. If any information is incorrect or lacking please feel free to change or add in anyway. Jul 28, 2002

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