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Witches' Tower

Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure - 2018 Update Details


This is up to a 140 foot high buttress or rib of rock that connects with Sherwood Forest across the creek from the Riviera & Bihedral about 7 miles upstream from the Elephant Buttresses/Dome Rock area. It is initially less than obvious that it is a separate rock unless you are Boulder Canyon cognoscetti or until you peruse R. Rossiter's 1999 Boulder Canyon guidebook. Apparently there have been old routes done or attempted low on its steep W face. Since this original post, there has been some lines with bolts and gear added. Certainly, from a distance, evidence of such lines or attempts is difficult to discern. However, a shallow dihedral on the NW edge draws the eye. The less-steep North face also invites the adventuresome but has more lichen.

Expect some lichen and loose rock if you explore here. There is room for more lines for those willing to explore. Expect some shade.

You can descend off to the East on steep slopes. No anchor currently exists on its top.

Several new routes were added in the fall of 2005.


A. It's My Swamp, 8, 3p, 370', gear.
B. Panic Attack (AKA BOB...Bombs Over Baghdad)), 12-, 1p, bolts & gear.
C. War is Love, 11, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
D. Tipskin Jihad, 12, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. Teenage Terrorists, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
F. Romancing the Stone, 9-, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
G. Nala, 10-, 1p, 100', gear.
H. Tese, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.
I. No Direction Home, 11-, 1p, 45' or 95', bolts.
J. Scarecrow, 8+, 1p, 45', gear & bolts.

Getting There

Go to Boulder. Drive W on CO Hwy 119 (aka Canyon). Drive W about 7 mi upstream past Elephant Buttresses/Dome Rock. Park in a nice pullout with some shady trees on the S side of the road below the Bihedral. Walk 150 yards downstream to a tyrolean traverse that starts on a big flat boulder and goes to a big tree on the far side. Cross the tyrolean and head left on a trail heading downstream. After a few minutes you'll reach Witches' Tower near the route Romancing the Stone. Just uphill and right from this is Sherwood Forest.

Routes from Left to Right

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Topo overview.
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Witches' Tower, Sherwood Forest, and Garden Party Wall as seen from the Bihedral.
[Hide Photo] Witches' Tower, Sherwood Forest, and Garden Party Wall as seen from the Bihedral.
Witches Tower.
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Irina moving left into the steep corner on Tese.
[Hide Photo] Irina moving left into the steep corner on Tese.
The Witches Tower & Sherwood Forest areas.
[Hide Photo] The Witches Tower & Sherwood Forest areas.

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[Hide Comment] We did a couple of routes here one day after making a fairly comprehensive tour of Sherwood Forest. I thought the two climbs here were better than almost everything at SF. Remarkable that this cliff which is passed on the approach to SF went ignored for so long. Jul 28, 2006
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I agree that this is a good tower, but better than anything at SF? No way! It's a worthy stop, but Sherwood KILLS this place. Jun 16, 2008
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Nice summer destination. Stays shady and cool until 1 PM or so. Aug 7, 2011
[Hide Comment] I accidentally left a two orange Petzl draws laying at the bottom of the crag while wandering off to another route a few feet away, and two slightly older gentlemen took them. I would very much appreciate if they were returned to me. Thanks. May 27, 2018