The Bovine Arena Climbing
|Shared By:||Tom Hanson on Mar 10, 2006|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe Bovine Arena - seems to be located on private property, but aside from myself and folks I have brought there, it doesn't appear to have many regulars who go there. I have never seen anyone around the area and I have not experienced any negative repercussions from bouldering there, but I feel that it would be best to maintain a low profile when in the area. The west end which forms the box canyon is a beautiful ampitheater filled with boulders and low walls of the canyon rim. The east end of Lost Canyon (in which the Bovine Arena resides) is quite nondescript, lacking in any interesting features to a climber, however, the west end, in the box canyon, is really cool.
Willow Creek Canyon (W of Castlewood & S of Mitchell Gulch).
The Bovine Arena: About two dozen problems established so far. Many more awaiting sends (either too high or too tough for being by myself with no spotter or extra pads). Separate giant boulders scattered in the center of a beautiful natural amphitheater. The walls of the amphitheater will present many tough problems and topropes. Many very hard, V7 and harder problems that are either beyond my present ability or require too much time and effort with all of the other things to do.
The Hidden Wall 20' wall downstream from the Bovine Arena. 3 distinct and difficult problems. Only the classic center line has been climbed and only to the lip. No top out as of yet. Overhangs 6' in 20'.
Getting ThereThe Bovine Arena - if you are familiar with Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch then the following directions will get you there.
Directions from Hwy 86 and Enderud:
Take Enderud S to Mikelson.
Mikelson E to Mitchell St.
Mitchell St E to Ellsworth Ct
The Bovine Arena lies a few hundred yards south of Ellsworth Ct, across a field that is often inhabited by cattle. To avoid cossing over the barbed wire fence, it may be best to park in one of the culdesacs to the east of Ellsworth, then hike staight east until your at the edge of Willow Creek Canyon, then follow the west rim of Willow Creek to the south. As it curves west (into the side canyon of Lost Canyon) maintain a course following the top of the north rim to the west. Lost Canyon is a box canyon at its terminus.
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