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Lost Canyon

Colorado > Gunnison


Lost Canyon is the workhorse of Gunnison bouldering. Located 8 miles north of Gunny, it is close enough for a quick jaunt around your school or work schedule. Every yahoo with a pair of shoes has undoubtably bouldered here. A quality band of Dakota sandstone sits atop a steep hill and is well suited for the beginner and intermediate climber. The height of the cliff ranges from 10 to 20 feet. For harder problems, the law of Lost is make it contrived. Many of the harder probles have certain holds on for use and others that are off. This might seem ridiculous, but this is a natural outcome of local telent exceeding the offerings of the cliff. The rock is littered with holds of every shape and size. Slopers, edges, pockets, rails, crimps, and plenty of jugs encourage elimination. The scene at Lost is cool and it is not uncommon to see a group of climbers with sketchpads, a radio, a few dogs, and lots of friendly slander.

Getting There

Head north out of Gunnison on CO Highway 135 towards Crested Butte, From the last light in town, the pullout is 7.2 miles north and is marked by a set of mailboxes and a candy striped pole on the right. You will see the cliff band above you on the west side of the road. Pull off and hand a U-turn and park on the southbound side of the road. If this pullout is full, park on the north bound side, but do not block the mailboxes. This is critical to maintain a good rapport with those folks who live below the cliff in order to avoid access problems. The bouldering area itself is on National Forest Land. The trail heads straight up the hill from the southbound parking pullout.

From the spot where the trail levels off at the top of the hill, the sectors of the cliff are stretched out in front of you. The Clasw Wall is the first sizeable wall you come to. The next is a slightly overhanging wall with mostly small crimps; this is Pete's Wicked Wall. From Pete's follow the trail around a corner and the rest of the area lays beyond you starting with the Cave.

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