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Black Tornado V5 6C
Downtrail Face V6 7A
Gateway V5-6 6C+
Gateway Arete V3 6A
Gateway Face V5+ 6C+
Horn Arete, The V3-4 6A+
Elevation: 10,800 ft
GPS: 39.66, -105.605 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 3,359 total · 33/month
Shared By: Chip Phillips on Oct 25, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

The Trailside Boulder, a glacial erratic sitting all by itself along the Chicago Lakes Trail, hosts a number of moderate to medium grade problems, a few of which are quite nice but don't get much attention because they are mostly moderates. This is an excellent place to warm up in the morning or to make one more stop in the afternoon.

Problems abound on all sides of this block, but, as yet, only one problem on it has an official name that I am aware of. If the remainder of the problems ever get official names from the developers, I'll be back to edit in that information.
The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber Details

Getting There

Park at the Echo Lake Picnic Area. Follow a nice gravel path to the west side of the lake, where a signed trail for the Chicago Lakes heads off to the southwest. Follow this trail for a few hundred yards over a ridge, into the Chicago Lakes Basin. The trail traverses along the valley wall for a while, and then drops steeply towards the valley floor, through a series of switchbacks. Once at the valley floor, the trail crosses a creek via a backcountry bridge, then joins an old dirt road.

Turn left at the road, and head STEEPLY uphill towards the Idaho Springs Reservoir. There are a few boulders along this road and out in the trees on the right. Once at the reservoir, the trail flattens somewhat and you can catch your breath while you continue to walk. Follow the road to the southwest corner of the reservoir, past two cabins, to a signed trailhead for the Chicago Lakes. STOP HERE AND FILL OUT YOUR FREE WILDERNESS PERMIT.

Follow the Chicago Lakes Trail through undulating terrain for about 8-10 minutes. About 5 minutes before you come to the trail that meanders left through the willows to access Areas A & B, you will come to a nice looking block on the right side of the trail. It is located in a wide-open old lightning-strike/burn area that is quite green and hosts wildflowers much of the bouldering season. You can't miss it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Gateway Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3-4 6A+
The Horn Arete
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
Downtrail Face
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Horn Arete
V3-4 6A+ Boulder, Alpine
Downtrail Face
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
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