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Elevation: 6,599 ft
GPS: 38.567, -107.797 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Ernotruji Trujillo on Jun 28, 2017
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

6530 Rd. is a mostly undeveloped area (to my knowledge) with granite boulders along a crumbling cliff. There is tons of potential for bouldering on sharp granite similar to Marmot Rocks. There is also potential for trad climbing on the cliff band above the boulders, though much cleaning would be necessary.

The cliffs and most of the boulders are technically within the boundary of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but the area is not accessed through any of the park entrances, so I have included it in the Montrose area.

Getting There

From Main Street, head North on San Juan. Turn right onto 6530 Rd. after a short ways. Continue on the road until it turns to dirt, and keep going. You'll pass Flat Top Road on the right. After a while, you'll drive through the parking lot for Elephant Skin Recreation Area. Keep going through the adobes along a wash on your right. There will be two sharp switchbacks that take you up through a wash. From here, the road goes straight towards the cliff band. Park when the road does a 180 degree left turn. Most of the boulders can be accessed by hiking up a motorcycle trail that cuts off the right side of the road.

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For reference, the dirt bike trail mentioned here is the South Red Rocks trail. It's important to know that there is a boundary here between NPS Black Canyon land (limited bolting allowed), BLM Gunnison Gorge Wilderness (no bolts there!), and BLM Flat Top-Peach Valley Recreation Area. Expect to see other types of users occasionally, but it seems like there is plenty of elbow room. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore out there, it's beautiful especially at sunset. Nowadays it is important for all users to be good stewards and leave this area better than found. Dec 5, 2017
Hey Jeremy, was just out there a couple weeks ago checking out the boulders, and I had no idea anyone (climbers) knew about the area. Loads of bouldering potential, but I was wondering what are the ethics of bolting in a national conservation area, because I found multiple "face climbing" routes up higher. Thanks, Tanner. Jun 30, 2017

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