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Elevation: 10,616 ft 3,236 m
GPS: 39.65978, -105.60489
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Warning Access Issue: Most of these boulders are within the Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans) Wilderness Area, regulated & patrolled by the US. DetailsDrop down

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The Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans) areas are quickly gaining recognition as some of the best bouldering in the country. Numerous world-class blocks litter the sprawling slopes of Colorado's most accessible 14-er, and if not for a grueling, "never-again" approach, this would be one of the most popular boulder fields in Colorado. The rock is stellar, highly featured granite, with excellent, rough texture, numerous incut edges, and the odd Tuolumne-esque knob.

Though the quality of the climbing is undeniable, there are numerous drawbacks. The approach is truly heinous for the most accessible boulders, and gets worse for the more remote areas. All of the blocks are situated over 10,000 feet (some higher), which makes the climbing season tragically short. Even during the peak summer season, days are often cut short by sudden thunderstorms, high winds, and snowfall. The sun is intense and the air is thin. Any injury is potentially serious as help is far away and retreat is long & involved. Mosquitoes and other pests are ubiquitous.

There are numerous distinct bouldering areas scattered across the slopes of the mountain, with the most popular being those along the Chicago Lakes Basin, a beautiful glacial valley northeast of the summit. Creatively named Area A, Area B, Area C & Area D, these areas are the most accessible and offer the bulk of the developed boulders. Most of the well-known problems, such as the Dali, Gorillas in the Mist, All Dogs Go to Evans, and Timeline, are found in Areas A & B. Excellent problems can also be found at Lincoln Lake, which is south of the paved highway CO 5.

The vast majority of the boulders are located within the Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans) Wilderness Area. Please read the access bulletin and abide by the instructions. This is an alpine environment! Inclement weather moves in fast, and approaching storm systems are often hidden behind the mountain until they are right on top of you. Be prepared for any conditions, to include snow & lightning. Dehydration occurs more quickly at higher altitudes; bring twice as much water as you think you'll need.

Getting There Suggest change

Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans) is located ~30 miles west of downtown Denver. Take I-70 to the town of Idaho Springs, then follow CO 103 towards Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans). For Areas A & C, park at the Echo Lake Picnic area, just west of mile marker 13. For Area D, follow the summit road (CO 5, $15/vehicle entrance fee may apply) to Summit Lake.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Blue Sky (formerly Mount Evans) Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5 R
 61
Timeline
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
 211
The Ladder
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 40
Dark Crystal
Boulder, Alpine
V4 6B
 34
The Brown Seam
Boulder, Alpine
V5+ 6C+
 35
Fer Ire
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 36
Downtrail Face
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 47
Zoolander (submitted as Powder Keg)
Boulder, Alpine
V8 7B
 27
Seurat
Boulder, Alpine
V8 7B
 23
Tangerine Man
Boulder, Alpine
V9 7C
 64
The Dali Sit Down Start
Boulder, Alpine
V9 7C
 20
Dreamsnatcher
Boulder, Alpine
V9+ 7C
 41
Bierstadt
Boulder, Alpine
V10 7C+ PG13
 14
Tomahawk
Boulder, Alpine
V11 8A
 18
Tattooed Teardrops
Boulder, Alpine
V12 8A+
 16
No More Greener Grasses
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Timeline Area A > Bierstadt Area
 61
V1 5 R Boulder, Alpine
The Ladder Area A > Bierstadt Area
 211
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Dark Crystal Area A > Bierstadt Area
 40
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
The Brown Seam Lincoln Lake
 34
V4 6B Boulder, Alpine
Fer Ire Lincoln Lake
 35
V5+ 6C+ Boulder, Alpine
Downtrail Face Gateway Boulder
 36
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Zoolander (submitted as Pow… Lincoln Lake
 47
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Seurat Area A > Seurat Area
 27
V8 7B Boulder, Alpine
Tangerine Man Lincoln Lake
 23
V8 7B Boulder, Alpine
The Dali Sit Down Start Area A > Dali Area
 64
V9 7C Boulder, Alpine
Dreamsnatcher Lincoln Lake
 20
V9 7C Boulder, Alpine
Bierstadt Area A > Bierstadt Area
 41
V9+ 7C Boulder, Alpine
Tomahawk Lincoln Lake
 14
V10 7C+ PG13 Boulder, Alpine
Tattooed Teardrops Lincoln Lake
 18
V11 8A Boulder, Alpine
No More Greener Grasses Area A > Dali Area
 16
V12 8A+ Boulder, Alpine
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