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Elevation: 6,623 ft
GPS: 39.961, -105.283 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

A collection of mostly large boulders nestled in the trees at the foot of the flatirons. The trees and flatirons provide nice shade for warm days, and the seclusion of the area is a welcome change from the bustle of Flagstaff. The quality of rock here is awesome with a great variety of holds including slopers, crimps, pockets, slabs, and flakes.

The area was primary developed by Jay Droeger and is AKA Droegerland. Many problems are highball so bring the crash pad (or pads if you can). We spoke with Jay about the route dev here and the potential for new lines is still out there...
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Getting There

Topos for this area were made up by Jay and are available in a little fold-up map from Rock and Ice or visit: frontrangebouldering.com

As per MP user Mason Roberts:

Parking:

The North Shanahan trail head is off Lehigh, at the top of the ridge right where it peaks across from the large Shanahan Ridge neighborhood sign. You'll want to park along the roadside downhill from the trail head. This trail is used heavily, so if you find yourself not finding parking, there are a couple of lesser used parking spots on the south side of the hill near where the median stops. These few spots are closer to the South Shanahan tail head.

The Hike:

Expect to spend 40 minutes to an hour for this hike.

North Shanahan trail - walk the trail till you get to the Mesa trail. You will pass a trail map placard before you get there. This is about the halfway mark, and will allow you to see the trail systems. The Mesa trail is clearly marked by a trail post. Take a left (go south) on the Mesa trail. You will go up some steps and see a smaller trail heading left for a place to catch a view of the valley. Directly on the other side of the trail from the viewing area is a meadow/lightly treed area which is a rolling ridge. Walk that ridge to find the boulder, all of which are on the south side of this ridge.

South Shanahan trail - The trail head is a little tricky to find. It is along the border of the houses and the green space, over a small covert. Walk the trail till you get to an access road, and take a left (head south). This will curve right and uphill taking you to a large green water tank where you will take a left at a trail post. This will take you to the Mesa trail. You will pass the Shanahan Connector before you get there. This is about the halfway mark. The Mesa trail is clearly marked by a trail post. Take a right (go north) on the Mesa trail. You will go past a meadow area on your left and see a smaller trail heading right for a place to catch a view of the valley. Directly on the other side of the trail from the viewing area is a meadow/lightly treed area which is a rolling ridge. Walk that ridge to find the boulder, all of which are on the south side of this ridge.

Stewardship

Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!

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Mason Roberts
Boulder, CO
Mason Roberts   Boulder, CO
Anyone want to add directions to each boulder housed here? I'm game to help. May 15, 2016
The Front Range bouldering is about boobs. Mar 9, 2016
Ric
Ric  
I was at the Terrain Boulders yesterday with my partner and a bear was strolling about, just 20-30 yards away. So if anyone is going up there, just be careful and don't bring any food, as we didn't either. Jun 11, 2008
I don't know anything about the flags or the work being done, but I, too, have just this summer abused myself by bushwhacking through the stand of five foot tall ferns. My conclusion: we're the only people near nuts enough to go up there in the heat of the summer and it's usually a winter destination when the ferns die off. I think I'll definitely be heading up there a bunch this winter and I am sure that the slab approach will be far less severe. I've also done the east ridge approach as I knew nothing of the access angst regarding this area at first, and found it to be much more amiable. I think the reason it gets the flak it does is because it's an Open Space park and the trail that would surely be created by the boulderers is not a sanctioned open space trail (i.e. it is an obviou ssign of RULE BREAKING!). I bet if we could get it passed, the OMSP would have no problem with letting us build a quality trail up there. They probably just think the ones there are already good enough. Anyone wanna start a petition? Sep 2, 2003
John Hegyes
Las Vegas, NV
John Hegyes   Las Vegas, NV
Over the past two days I went up to Terrain twice, first by going via the Slab route and returning east to the Mesa Trail, next by doing the reverse. I'm a little befuddled as to why the OSMP ranger would prefer the Slab route as I found it to be pretty nonexistant as a trail and the route seemed to go through some sensitive areas such as the thick stand of five foot ferns and the deadfall area. Is it better to bushwhack through those areas (I wish I had a machete) or use the well worn trail up the ridge from the Mesa Trail? I did note that there are no trail markings adjacent to the Mesa Trail for at least a hundred yards to the west, so it's not likely that much of the general public would find their way up there. Also, I noted a large proliferation of flag markers in the area of the Mesa-to-Terrain route, what kind of work is going on up there and why the hundreds of flags? Jul 23, 2003

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