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Hidden in Boulder Canyon is a tall but thin sport climbing crag with a variety of routes, most of which are high quality. Most routes require nothing but draws.


A. Boyz From The Hood, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. The Prince and The Pauper, 10-, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Merry Men, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
D. Robbin' The Hood, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
E. Prince Of Thieves, 12-, 1p, bolts.
F. Sheriff's Tariff, 11-, 1p, bolts.
G. Tuckered And Fried, 10, 1p, bolts.
H. Fatman And Robin, 10+, 1p, 70', bolts.
I. Men In Tights, 10-, 1p, 60', bolts.
J. Little John's Big Stick, 9+, 1p, 80', gear.
K. Tony Bubb's Little Stick, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
L. Maid Marian, 9-, 1p, 80', bolts.

Above: It's My Swamp, 8, 3p, 370', gear.

Getting There

Go about 6.8 miles up Boulder Canyon, and park on the left side of the road about 200 yards after passing Cob Rock on the left side. (This pullout is also used for Happy Hour Crag.) There is a tyrolean across the creek about 200 yards upstream of this pullout. It's attached to a big flat boulder on the road side, and a big tree on the far side.

You can also park at the Bihedral pullout, 7.0 miles up the canyon on the left side, and walk 150 yards downstream to the tyrolean.

From the far side of the tyrolean, take a trail to the left to Witches' Tower. Then continue up and right on a steep trail to get to Sherwood Forest. About 100 yards up, the bolted face climbs appear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sherwood Forest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Men in Tights
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sheriff's Tariff
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Robbin' the Hood
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Prince of Thieves
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Men in Tights
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sheriff's Tariff
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Robbin' the Hood
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Prince of Thieves
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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This is a very small area and the seven routes are close together. It gets unpleasantly crowded if more than ten climbers are present. If the parking lot is full (and there's no sign that lots of people are climbing at Happy Hour or the Riviera), you might think about going elsewhere.

Sherwood Forest stays shady and reasonably cool in the middle of summer. It was shaded till almost 2pm in June and was shady all day in September.

Tom Isaacson Jul 31, 2001
Looks like there's a new route up here. Between Tuckered and Fried and Little John's Big Stick there's a new line that heads up through some nice thin slabby moves - then through the easy roof sections. To stay consistent with Sherwood ratings, this thing is probabaly in the 10b-c neighborhood with the crux on the slab (unlike the nearby climbs) around the 3rd / 4th bolt.

It needs a bit more traffic to clean off some of the lichen on the slab and loose pebbles around the roof - but altogether a good line that's worth a go. Sep 3, 2002
I believe the new line AC is talking about is called "Men In Tights". The 10 b/c rating feels about right. Sep 16, 2002
This area is amazingly popular. I was there on Saturday and there were 12 people at one time. I assume it to be because it is one of the few areas with great shade during the summer heat. Just be prepared for crowds and mediocre climbing. Aug 25, 2003
Ernie Port
Boulder, Colorado
Ernie Port   Boulder, Colorado
Mediocre climbing?!?! I beg to differ Chad. Totally fun climbing, on quality rock, well worth your time. Maybe not for everybody, but definately better than mediocre, and well worth your time... Sep 3, 2003
I would agree that the climbing was fun. I almost always have fun climbing, no matter what. I just thought the climbs that I did where one star, "not bad", with the exception of Prince of Thieves. Sep 4, 2003
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Isn't it about time to put this discussion to rest? Sherwood Forest is an okay place to climb on a hot day. It produced a few good routes, but nothing of any real inspiration. I personally enjoyed some of them - Prince of Thieves has a couple of good moves, so do some of the others. Most of the grades have dropped down as we have picked the right sequences, something we usually get wrong when jumping on a new rock for the first time. The discussion over LJBS is far out of proportion to the route or any thought process or comitment in its original ascent. Overall the rock is decent enough, it probably still needs more cleaning, it sits in a nice forest environment. But for heaven's sake, lets keep it in perspective. It's not the Redgarden, it's not the Diamond, it's a spot for a few quarter rope-burns after work or a place grab some shade and run some lines. It serves a purpose much like a lot of the crags in Boulder Canyon, but it certainly is not worth the apparent agnst that has evolved. Aug 2, 2004
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
Even though it was removed from the database, the climb known as "Tony Bubb's Little Stick" (FA Alan Nelson, 8/9/04) does in fact exist. It climbs the face between Maid Marian on the right and Little John's Big Stick on the left. It climbs a line that is completely independent of either of these routes. Fun thin face moves with a 10d crux between the 4th and 5th bolts. After the 6th bolt, clip the first bolt on LJBS and continue to the anchor on LJBS or Maid Marian. 9 bolts in all.

Note: the bolts on this climb are well to the right of the bolts that were removed from LJBS. LJBS could be climbed clipping these bolts, but you would probably need long runners and have to move out of the LJBS corner to make the clips.

The worn cold shuts on the anchor were replaced today by Alan Nelson. Thanks, Alan! Aug 12, 2004
This cliff is a pile. Aug 20, 2004
Greg Hand
Golden, CO
Greg Hand   Golden, CO
So don't go there AC. I had not been there in several years and went there last week and it was very pleasant. Perfect temp and shade and friendly people. Did not see any egos with crowbars and sledgehammers. Aug 21, 2004
I don't go there. I just like to opine. I am a Boulderite. Aug 26, 2004
Doug Redosh
Golden, CO
Doug Redosh   Golden, CO
Needs a topo of the area. Tyrolean is 200 yds upstream of parking. How often is the rope changed here? Nice area in the shade. Jun 22, 2005
Rope on tyrolean replaced 7/23/05 by Melissa, Malte, and Byron Jul 24, 2005
Stefan Griebel
Boulder, Colorado
Stefan Griebel   Boulder, Colorado
Cool! Thanks Byron, Malte and Melissa. You guys Rock!!! Jul 25, 2005
I agree with the dyspeptic AC about this cliff being a pile: with the exception of Men in Tights and Robbin' the Hood (which is actually quite good) the routes here tended to be compromised by squeezing (oops, I'm on another route) or contrivance (is this hold on?). Jul 28, 2006
Tom T  
The Tyrolean across the creek is in bad shape. Both ropes have exposed cores and the cores are about 50% deteriorated. It needs new rope. Sep 13, 2007
Buster Jesik
Allenspark, CO
Buster Jesik   Allenspark, CO
A week ago the tyrol was in bad shape ... today it had two new static ropes! Thanks to whomever fixed it up. Jun 8, 2008
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
Condition report
On 5/23/09, Bruno Hache and I finished work on the new tyrolean. The old tyrolean came down over the winter when part of the road-side boulder that the tyrolean was attached to fell off into the creek. There are now two static ropes on the tyrolean, and a hand-line/foot-loop to help getting back on the road-side boulder.

You can park at the Happy Hour pullout and walk upstream, or park at the Bihedral pullout and walk downstream, to get to the tyrolean. It's attached to a huge flat boulder on the road side, and a big tree on the far side.

This tyrolean can also be used to access Witches' Tower and Garden Party Wall. From the tyrolean, take a path to the left to get to Witches' Tower. Continue up and right to get to Sherwood Forest. Farther up and right is Garden Party Wall. May 23, 2009
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Nice summer destination. Faces more northward than Witches tower and stays shady and cool until 3-4 PM or so, depending on the climb. Aug 7, 2011
Thomas Jensen
Phoenixville, PA
Thomas Jensen   Phoenixville, PA
I had such a great time at this crag last Saturday! The routes were fun, the setting was incredible, and the friction was awesome. I would certainly recommend the area. Started early 7-ish and had the place to ourselves for 4 hours. Men in Tights was especially fun and a tough one to figure out. I think Boulder climbers are spoiled by the magnificent options they have. Up in in Fort Fun were pretty limited in choices for roping up ---- So, appreciate the wealth and don't gripe! It can always be worse or more crowded! Jun 4, 2012
Hey folks! Public safety announcement;

One of the two ropes making up the tyrolean was observed to be pretty severely damaged (as of 07.30.17).

A foot long section of sheath has been completely stripped....

I have a few old ropes on hand if anyone would like to run up there and fix it up with me.

Until it is made safe, please be sure to clip both lines when crossing the river.

Happy climbing!

Jackie Jul 30, 2017
The tyrol line that "J. Niles" warns about above has been replaced (8/1/17). Aug 3, 2017
Steven Lamb
West Des Moines, IA
Steven Lamb   West Des Moines, IA
Noticed a trend for the commenters on the routes and the wall...they’re incredibly whiny and super full of themselves. Great climbing, varied holds and moves, cracks, bulges, arete, roofs, slab, vertical. Great rock, well-protected, shade all day, and it’s right next to the Witches Tower which has a fun 10a over 100 feet with a great view of the canyon. Excellent area. Sep 24, 2018