Sputnik Boulder Climbing
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DescriptionThe Sputnik Boulder is the first prominent boulder you'll encounter if coming from the trail that passes by the Bluebell Shelter. It has a range of easy problems mainly V1 and V0, with the V1 classic Sputnik One, V1 which ascends the middle of the boulder.
This area also includes problems nearby the Sputnik Boulder, namely Spacelab, V2, and Moonwalk, V0.
The landing areas are quite good, but keep in mind that the rightmost problems landing area is in the hiking trail. So be considerate of other area users.
Getting ThereThere are two main options to getting to the Satellites, both of which start at the Chautauqua trailhead. Park there or along Baseline road, and start up the wide Chautauqua trail. Take the trail into the treeline, over a small wooden bridge, past a large boulder, and then to the next intersection of trails (intersects the Bluebell Baird trail). From here you have two options:
Option 1: most direct, more crowds, and more strenuous. Take the 1st/2nd Flatiron trail which is the trail that goes uphill immediately at a diagonal left at the intersection (not the leftmost, the center-left option is the one you want). Take this uphill and stay left at the next fork. This will spit you out at the base of the Second Flatiron.
From here, follow the trail heading east away from the Second Flatiron. You'll see The Wave Boulder on your right with a trail going uphill. Don't take this, instead follow the trail as it winds downhill and east. You'll circle around the backside of the Sputnik Boulder, and as you make one last turn right, the face will be on your right. This is approximately 5 minutes from the base of the Second Flatiron.
Option 2: less direct, less crowds, and less strenuous. Take a left (the leftmost option) onto the Bluebell Baird Trail. From here, stay right at every trail intersection. This will take you past the Bluebell Shelter on your left, take you across a wooden walk bridge, and the last intersection is for the Royal Arch Trail (which goes left), take the trail to the right to continue to the Satellite area. This will take you up a switchback, across a small boulderfield, and then the first boulder you'll arrive to is the Sputnik Boulder.
There is a on the main Satellites page with a trail map of both options and mileage.
I personally take Option 2, 80% of the time, as it gives you a break from walking straight uphill the whole time, and you get to get off the main trail that all the tourists are on for a more peaceful experience.
Classic Climbing Routes at Sputnik Boulder
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