Elevation: 6,721 ft
GPS: 39.538, -105.165 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lee Smith on Apr 4, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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This small esoteric outcrop is located on an unofficial trail in Deer Creek Canyon Park. Fireblack is a modest boulder with several moderate and interesting problems. The rock is slightly suspect, the problems straight forward and the setting is stellar. South facing, with a ½ mile uphill approach, Fireblack is a good workout on a summer evening or a warm winter day. Even though it is very close to suburbia, Fireblack has a wilderness appeal. Bobcats, bears and soaring birds are often seen in this less-visited part of Deer Creek.

NOTE: Great pains have been taken to keep Fireblack pristine and chalk free. The FAs were all done without chalk. Use an Eco-ball or sack up and climb without “courage in a bag”.

Several features break Fireblack into easily identifiable sections. The left (west) side of the formation is split by a large horizontal gash. The mid section is marked by a big detached rock at the base. To the right of the detached rock is the main overhang and right from that is the Elephant’s Ear. The crag peters out to the far right with a bushy crack.

Getting There

Make your way to the very southwest corner of Littleton. Head south on Kipling Parkway. Just south of the Kipling C-470 exit, take a right (west) on W. Ute Ave. Follow this road past Johns-Manville/Xcel and stay on the main track. This will funnel you onto Deer Creek Canyon Road. Odometer checkpoint is a large power substation on the right near the mouth of the canyon.

From the substation, head up the canyon for 2.9 miles. On the right is the entrance to an aggregate mine. Catty-corner across the road is a large dome of rock. Park just west of this dome at a pullout on the south side of the road.

The trail starts behind the rock dome and immediately crosses Deer Creek. This can be spicy during runoff season or completely dry. Immediately after the crossing the trail goes right through some willows. Follow the trail, which is an old service road, as it winds up the side of the hills. Approximately 0.5 miles from the trailhead, you will come to a rising traverse through a piney woods. At the top of the traverse the trail takes a sharp right. The top of Fireblack Boulder can be seen slightly to the southeast. It is about 40 feet from the sharp right.

Per Jay Eggleston: it is about a 15 minute walk from the main road.

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Mike Morin
Glen, NH
Mike Morin   Glen, NH
Cool new area Lee. The next time I'm at Deer Creek I'll be sure to check it out. Hopefully folks will respect the chalkless ethic that you've put forth here. Apr 4, 2009
Hey Mike, or anybody else for that matter, get in touch with me if you want to go up there. I go up a lot. Since I have the problems wired I can look like a much better climber than I really am! Apr 4, 2009
John McNamee
Littleton, CO
John McNamee   Littleton, CO  

Thanks for adding this to the site. Looks nice a neat place to go.


john Apr 4, 2009
Thanks John. It really is a cool spot to just hang out, much less get some laps in.

I really suck at grading boulder problems so all the problem ratings are my best guess. Everyone who visits should keep this in mind and not scream "soft" or "sandbag" too loudly.

Another note: I am constantly cleaning up old trash at this spot and it constantly unearths more. I think there is a long history of beer bottle/gun parties here. So if you visit think about bringing a plastic bag. Thanks!

One more note: People often climb naked here. Apr 5, 2009
Mike Morin
Glen, NH
Mike Morin   Glen, NH
Checked it out today, very cool spot and the problems are fun too. We stumbled upon a Black Bear rooting around in the drainage below the boulder as we approached. Thanks again Lee! Apr 14, 2009
Legs Magillicutty   Durango
Oh wow! That's good to know, Mike. I saw fresh mountain lion tracks up there on Saturday night. There was an aggressive black bear up there last summer that freaked a bunch of folks out in Deer Creek Canyon Park. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

It seems like the chalkless effort is already down the tubes. C'mon people. Use an eco ball or nothing at all for that matter. The routes are not that difficult. The area is pretty pristine in comparison. Please clean up after yourselves. The bear and lions will be watching. :-) Kidding. Apr 15, 2009
Adam Hutton
Norton Shores, MI
Adam Hutton   Norton Shores, MI
I tried to hike to this boulder on 6/4/09, but was stopped right away in the hike because the creek was high and had a powerful current. There really was not a good way to cross that I could find. This might be something to think about if it has been raining a lot. Jun 5, 2009
To clarify where the bolder is on the trial, when you get to the hard right the bolder is straight ahead before you make the turn. It looks like a 4 foot rock because you are approaching the back of it. Walk down the side and you will see the rock face. It will look familiar from the picture. It was beautiful and worth the hard hike up there! Jun 7, 2009

There is a bridge on the road just east of the big rock dome. You can cross here and bushwhack over to the start of the trail. You have to be careful since the hill is a little steep and the raging water is at the bottom! Jun 8, 2009
Jason Isherwood   Golden
I had some time to kill on Sunday, so I went up and explored this area. I did some climbing and had some lunch. The problems are great! Thanks for posting.

Lots of broken glass; be careful if you are walking around without your shoes on. Jun 22, 2009
Patrick Beseda
Golden, CO
Patrick Beseda   Golden, CO
Made the trip out to the Fireblack this afternoon.

The approach is kind of longer than I thought, but we found it alright. Kinda steep in the beginning.

Not exactly "pristine", as there is plenty of glass, bullet casings, etc.

I'll admit to using some chalk, really only on NBFiN, though looks like plenty of people have been chalking up.

Kind of disappointed in the experience, climbing was decent, but not stellar, though we still had fun. Good for easy, beginner bouldering. Aug 23, 2009
David "The Phoenix" Hall
Littleton, CO
David "The Phoenix" Hall   Littleton, CO
I would have to say this is not the place to be in the middle of the day in August. The rubber on my shoes got so hot my feet started to blister after only about 20 minutes. As a result I only got a few sends in before I bailed. This boulder would definitely be a good spot in the fall, or anytime it's below 80. Nice find. Aug 26, 2010
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
This is about a 15 minute walk from the main road. Nov 17, 2012
David Tennant
Denver, CO
David Tennant   Denver, CO
This was a really cool boulder with awesome views. Although it rained some, the clouds made this very enjoyable. The short amount of time that sun was out, was pretty fierce, so I'd recommend going really early in the morning or when there's a good cloud cover. Creek was passable today, but only further down stream about 75 ft, then where the normal crossing looks like it is. Remember to go across at the widest section so that water is moving slower, the narrow section is deep and really fast.

It took my bum self about 25 mins to get there, and probably another 25 to get up to the Pyramid Boulder. The rock quality was pretty good. May 6, 2016