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Vanishing Point

Colorado > Boulder > Upper Dream Canyon

Description

Vanishing Point is the crag immediately right and below Midnight Rock.
It has a number of sport routes of varying difficulty. It is split into two parts: the Left Side and the Right Side.

The Left Side routes begin above a black-washed gully. A 5.6 approach pitch is required to reach these routes. Routes here are:

A. The Vanishing, 11+, 1p, 100', bolts.
B. Phantom Bridge, 10, 1p, 100', bolts.
C. Vanishing Ink, 12, 1p, 100', bolts.

Jesse's Wall - begins below the bottom of the black-washed gully

D. 106339561+/11-, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. The Producers, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts.
F. Dreamer's Dream, 11- or 11, 1p, bolts.
G. Didgeridoo, 11+/12-, 1p, bolts.

Below & right:

H. Alpine-Moe, 8, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.
I. Werner's Legacy, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
J. Rock Doc, 10-, 1p, bolts & gear.
K. Orion, 11, 1p, 75', gear.

Getting There

From the parking area, take the "south" trail (yep, straight south) that is pretty obvious.  You will be going over Dream Dome, then Lost Angel, which has descents either side - you want the far one.  Look for a branch off the main path right before it hits a campsite, then heads left, away from the rock edge and downhill, eventually ending at an old mine hole.  If you get to the mine hole, you're too far - head back up.  The gully is fourth class - if you're using your hands much, you probably went too far.

Once half way down the gully, you can easily cross slabs to your left for a hundred hards and you'll get to Midnight Rock.  Continue around, going up over a small notch, and then across 50 yards and down to Vanishing Point.

Routes from Left to Right

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Upper and Lower Dream Canyon<br>
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Modified from original by Vaino Kodas.
[Hide Photo] Upper and Lower Dream Canyon Modified from original by Vaino Kodas.
Upper Dream Canyon topo overview.
[Hide Photo] Upper Dream Canyon topo overview.
Right side of Vanishing Point.<br>
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Modified from original photo by Vaino Kodas.
[Hide Photo] Right side of Vanishing Point. Modified from original photo by Vaino Kodas.
Vanishing Point, Jesse's Wall, Upper Dream Canyon, photo: Bob Horan.
[Hide Photo] Vanishing Point, Jesse's Wall, Upper Dream Canyon, photo: Bob Horan.
BH on FA of Sweet Angel V4, Inaugral Boulders.
[Hide Photo] BH on FA of Sweet Angel V4, Inaugral Boulders.
Rapping down from the start of Phantom Bridge, et. al
[Hide Photo] Rapping down from the start of Phantom Bridge, et. al
BH on the classic trad crack Orion 5.11b, Vanishing Point.
[Hide Photo] BH on the classic trad crack Orion 5.11b, Vanishing Point.

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Chris Cavallaro
Lone Tree, CO
[Hide Comment] Are these routes and the routes on Midnight Rock in the shade during the summer, and if so, what times? Morning? Afternoon?
Thanks! Aug 1, 2006
George Bell
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I dunno about Midnight Rock but I'm pretty sure Vanishing Point faces SW - it's in the shade in the AM. Aug 1, 2006
Michael Spiesbach
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] All the routes on the upper tier are pretty dirty. It gets great late fall sun, but I'd just go to Midnight rock if I were you...not worth the extra hike. Nov 22, 2021