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ABC Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Barrel Ridge Proper 0 / 0 / 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Sandbox Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Elevation: 1,149 ft
GPS: 43.034, -90.111 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: TravisMelin on Aug 11, 2008
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE


Barrel ridge consists of a tight cluster of several quality boulder problems, and good potential for possible 30-40ft TR routes. The rock is high quality for the park, and most all of the landings are flat and forgiving. Most route are +/- a few degrees off vertical. Despite there only being a few routes this area is definitely worth a visit.

The area is now split into 3 seperate areas. The Ridge proper, which holds the most problems. Also then the Sandbox Boulders and the ABC boulder. Enjoy!

Getting There

Enter the park and drive in the direction of qual wall. As you drop into the valley start looking to your right....Park 50yds past a car sized boulder 5 feet off the right hand (south) side of the road. This should put you below a few large pine trees, with a barely visible bluff on the south side of the road. Hike up the steep hill and around the right hand side of the bluff where a trail should become evident. From there take the trail past an 8ft mini sandstone pillar. Following the right hand side of the ridge a short distance past some tall clean faces will take you to I.G.N, Steve Done, and eventually to what we started calling the Vadge Boulder (top out and see why). Going left around the ridge will take you to the Testtickler, and a good area for new development. (Despite the lengthy description the approach is 10min at max)

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Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
TravisMelin   Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
My ratings on the newly posted routes may be way off. The rock was soaked when I was there, and I basically towel dried the holds every ten min or so to be able to work them. So if anyone makes it out there anytime soon let me know if the stuff is accurate at all... Sep 13, 2008
Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
TravisMelin   Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
barrel boulders are on the bluff prior to barrel ridge. about 100yrs up the road before hitting barrel ridge. Aug 30, 2008
Broomfield, CO
sweatpants   Broomfield, CO
fun area for sure. lots more developement to be done. the left side of the bluff where there aren't any problems there could be some really classic looking easy problems. In the end i think this place could be chalk full of really quality easier stuff. Its like a mini groupsite B. Also, I am convinced the the Barrel Boulders are pretend and that they dont actually exist. I made it to barrel ridge when i was looking for the barrel boulders. Aug 30, 2008
Madison, WI
Remo   Madison, WI
Yeah this area is sweet. Loads of new stuff that is super good and more to be developed. Aug 21, 2008
Broomfield, CO
sweatpants   Broomfield, CO
yo good job man! thanks for the work. Aug 11, 2008
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Good work Travis,

I had looked at all that stuff, but never found the time. Really cool to see all the new stuff going up. When the rock there is good, it's great! Looking forward to the photos. JJ Aug 11, 2008
Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
TravisMelin   Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Photos coming soonish. Aug 11, 2008

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