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Elevation: 5,918 ft 1,804 m
GPS: 39.651, -105.18801
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Feb 16, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description Suggest change

Across from the road from the standard Morrison bouldering area is a hill side of beautiful boulders that draws the eye as you repeat the same old standard Morrison problems. This area gained some recent attention from the video, Who Got the Props? The ultra-classic, Breashear's Crack II, draws plenty of attention. Shady lines for summer bouldering abound in this newly (?) explored area. Perhaps you can find a Holloway or Gill problem here.... First ascent lines await your eyes and touch.

Prompted from a suggestion from jmapping, we are reorganizing this into these subareas:

Arrowhead Arete Area
The Caves
The Cube Area
Rockstaircase Area
Rupture Area
The Schoolyard Area
Squirming Coil Area
Warm-up Traverse Area (Behind the Cube)

Obviously, some of these problems are yet to be sorted, and some may be missorted. Any help with the reorganization is appreciated.

Getting There Suggest change

Go to Morrison, look south of the road. This hill side is covered with various shady boulders.

Per Heath Glasgow: from C-470, take exit 4 for Morrison following CO 8 / Bear Creek Ave. west (towards the town of Morrison). After 250 yards, turn left onto Soda Lakes Road. Park in a dirt pullout on the right. If this lot is full, park along the road or at another pullout a bit further down on the left. If there are no spots along Soda Lake Rd., try the Park & Ride by the gas station (across CO 8).

Find the trailhead just past the first dirt pullout following it uphill to the boulders.

Rattlesnakes

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Onery rattlesnakes have been known to frequent this area. Beware!

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Dark Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 247
In the Beginning
Boulder
V1 5
 147
[Redacted]
Boulder
V1+ 5
 161
Deal Jams
Boulder
V1+ 5
 124
Part of A Warmup Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 346
Breashear's Crack II
Boulder
V3 6A
 95
Super Phun Thyme
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 128
Slots
Boulder
V5 6C
 202
Double Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
Left Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 36
Cling Free
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 167
Squirming Coil
Boulder
V6- 7A
 161
Dasani
Boulder
V6 7A R
 57
Rupture
Boulder
V7+ 7A+
 23
Arrowhead Arete Stand
Boulder
V10 7C+
 29
Arrowhead Arete (SDS)
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
In the Beginning Cube Area
 247
V1 5 Boulder
[Redacted] Warm-up Traverse Area
 147
V1 5 Boulder
Deal Jams Cube Area
 161
V1+ 5 Boulder
Part of A Warmup Traverse Warm-up Traverse Area
 124
V1+ 5 Boulder
Breashear's Crack II Cube Area
 346
V3 6A Boulder
Super Phun Thyme Cube Area
 95
V3 6A Boulder
Slots Warm-up Traverse Area
 128
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Double Arete Squirming Coil Area
 202
V5 6C Boulder
Left Arete MoSo Area
 6
V5 6C Boulder
Cling Free Dasani Area
 36
V5 6C Boulder
Squirming Coil Squirming Coil Area
 167
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Dasani Dasani Area
 161
V6- 7A Boulder
Rupture Caves > Rupture Cave
 57
V6 7A R Boulder
Arrowhead Arete Stand Arrowhead Arete Area
 23
V7+ 7A+ Boulder
Arrowhead Arete (SDS) Arrowhead Arete Area
 29
V10 7C+ Boulder
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