Elevation: 5,728 ft
GPS: 40.017, -105.297 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Charles Danforth on Sep 2, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

No, this is not the concert venue down in Denver nor the climbing mecca out in Nevada. This more modest Red Rocks is a group of very handsome sandstone fins perched above downtown Boulder near the mouth of Boulder Canyon. It's a short hike from a couple of parking areas and offers good views of down town. The strata is tilted at 90 degrees and the rock is somewhat fragile in places.

I have no idea what routes exist here or their relative difficulty. There are some obvious lines up the larger (30-50'?) faces and chalk marks under some overhangs suggest some interesting boulder problems. The rock is fairly soft, crumbly sandstone so trad leads may not be the best idea; top ropes from gear are probably your best bet. The large, eastern-most face looks quite attractive and the top is easily accessible by scrambling up from the north.

Getting There

Red Rocks is easily accessible from either the Mount Sanitas or Settler's Park Trailheads on Mapleton Ave and Canyon Blvd, respectively, just west of downtown Boulder. The rocks themselves are easily visible on the right as you approach Boulder Canyon. Follow any of the trails up the hill and to the base of the rock.

See ci.boulder.co.us/openspace/…

or

bouldercolorado.gov/files/o… for a map of the area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Red Rocks (Boulder)

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V1-2 5
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Underthang
Boulder
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c V3- 6A
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Getcher' Feet Up
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Underthang
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V1-2 5 Boulder
Getcher' Feet Up
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c V3- 6A TR, Boulder
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