Fireblack Boulder Climbing
Routes in Fireblack Boulder
|Barefoot and Blindfolded V-easy 3|
|Branch Manager V1- 5-|
|Center Moderates V-easy 3|
|Double Dyno V1 5|
|Elephant's Ear V1 5|
|Fireblack Direct V2 5+|
|Left Eliminates V1-2 5|
|Low Traverse V1 5|
|Nothin' But Faith in Nothin' AKA Yin and Yang of Pain V3 6A|
|Swingtime V1 5|
|Tracy's Bushy Crack V0+ 4+|
|Tree Worry V1- 5-|
|GPS:||39.538, -105.165 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Lee Smith on Apr 4, 2009|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis 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.
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 Elephants Ear. The crag peters out to the far right with a bushy crack.
Getting ThereMake 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Fireblack Boulder
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