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Battleship Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
High Times 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Hone Stone, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Joint Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Offwidth Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Red Sky Boulder aka Portrait of an Artist 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Slab Happy Boulder aka Wedge 2 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Spice Rack, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Supernatural Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Warm-up Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Wave, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Wedge Arete 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Zach's Campground 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
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Shared By: Coleman M on Nov 26, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac


This is a secret gem of bouldering in the Gunnison (more like Crested Butte) area. A very Frenchy setting, these boulders are located amongst the trees underneath the massive wall to the east of the town of Crested Butte. Generally uncrowded (I have never seen more than two other parties), this area boasts some great quality rock.
Open, with restrictions: Private Property Details

Getting There

Per Luke Mehall: Please be sure to access the boulders correctly. In addition to not parking in the Skyland residential area, there are a couple other considerations.

The best way to access the boulders is via bicycle (or hiking) the Tony's Trail, which leads right up to the Hone Stone. This is easily found by taking Elk Ave. east, until it turns into a dirt road. Do not drive along the dirt road! Instead, park on the side of the road just before the cattle gate where the road turns into dirt. Alternatively, you can park at the well kept park a block a way. Walk the dirt road for a half-mile or so until you see Tony's trail (well signed) on your left. Follow Tony's trail to the boulders and enjoy!


Per Luke Mehall: dogs are not allowed on this trail, however, and climbers have received fines for having dogs in this area, as it is used for ranching.

If you do have dogs and want to bring them up, the best way to do that is to access the Skyland Boulders from the town of Mt. Crested Butte, via the Upper Loop. A parking area is available on Hunter Hill Rd.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Skyland Boulders

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V1 5
Blunt Boy
V2 5+
Right El Skyland
V3+ 6A+
The Wave
V4 6B
Wedge Arete
V4 6B
All Hands on Deck
V4-5 6B+
Center el Skyland
V5 6C
Portrait of an Artist
V5 6C
V5 6C
Crimps on the East Side
V6 7A
V6 7A
Weeping Warrior/Berholtz Arete
V6 7A
Dirty Business aka Tropic of Capricorn
V7 7A+
Atomic Tick Fever
V9 7C
V10 7C+
Atomic Tick Fever (Sit Start)
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blunt Boy Joint Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Right El Skyland High Times V2 5+ Boulder
The Wave Wave V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Wedge Arete Wedge Arete V4 6B Boulder
All Hands on Deck Battleship Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Center el Skyland High Times V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Portrait of an Artist Red Sky Boulder aka Portrait of… V5 6C Boulder
J-crack High Times V5 6C Boulder
Crimps on the East Side Hone Stone V5 6C Boulder
Longshot Joint Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Weeping Warrior/Berholtz Arete Hone Stone V6 7A Boulder
Dirty Business aka Tropic o… Battleship Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever Hone Stone V7 7A+ Boulder
Supernatural Supernatural Boulder V9 7C Boulder
Atomic Tick Fever (Sit Start) Hone Stone V10 7C+ Boulder
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Denver, CO
Leeanne   Denver, CO
Bring bug spray! The mosquitoes were thick (late June). Jun 25, 2017
Luke Mehall
Durango, Colorado
Luke Mehall   Durango, Colorado
Zach, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing, was out there the other day and saw some folks with your guide. Miss seeing you around, buddy! Jul 12, 2013
Max Lasky
Crested Butte, CO
Max Lasky   Crested Butte, CO
Thanks, Zach! This topo is awesome :) Apr 28, 2013
Zach Alberts
Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Zach Alberts   Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
I made a topo for Skyland a few years ago while I was still living in Crested Butte. I had totally forgotton about it until I randomly happened upon it while going through some old things recently. I think I made it mostly for myself, to remember all the great boulder problems as well as the years of my life spent wandering around in the aspens looking for new problems and trying to repeat old ones. Anyways, I figured that I might as well share it with other climbers who want to experience all Skyland has to offer as well as the names and grades of most of the problems. Have fun and enjoy! ---Zach
Here it is: Skyland Bouldering Topo. Jan 6, 2013
Denver, CO
koreo   Denver, CO
If you're coming to the Skyland Boulders from Crested Butte, it's a solid two mile hike from the 4 way intersection on Elk Road. Jul 5, 2012
Morgan Patterson   CT  
While I was living out there one summer this used to be my fav spot... except when running from lightning! And I guess you can't just park next to the boulders anymore either...bummer! Jun 14, 2011
half-pad-mini-jug   crauschville
OMG!!! This has to be one of THE BEST bouldering areas in Colorado. Fantastic stone, tall boulders, beautiful setting! What more can you ask for?!? Just watch out for afternoon thunder/lighning storms, got caught in one this weekend, not fun.... Aug 3, 2010
Kyle Flannigan
Kyle Flannigan   Gunnison
To get to the North entrance drive towards Crested Butte Mt Resort. Turn right on Hunter Hill just before the resort, and again right on Hunter Hill. Drive for 2-3 mins till you reach the overlook. Park and walk down the Upper Loop bike trail for about 25-30 minutes to the boulders.

  • All the directions I've ever given to specific boulders on this site were from the south entrance walking towards the North as I used that entrance last season. This season a few people I know have gotten tickets parking in the Skyland neighborhood. Trying to respect possible access issues this season.
Jun 26, 2008

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