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This is a secluded block off the Eldorado Canyon trail shaded by pines. The problems on the right side are highball and appear not have been done for a long time, there is copious amounts of lichen on the 20 foot topout. There is one good V5 on the left that is not too highball and is the classic for this boulder. There is also a difficult shoulder V10 traverse of the block. This is a good place to get away from crowds. The landings are flat, yet pads and spotters are highly recommended as the shortest problems are around 15 feet.

Getting There

Hike up the Eldorado Canyon Trail as if going to Rincon Wall. Take the main road to the parking next to the Gill Block ~ 1 mile past the entrance. Walk up the road to the west 50 yards, and take the well traveled Eldorado CanyonTrail. Hike uphill for a ways past several switchbacks past a turn off for some boulders on the left. Keep going on the main trail, pass 5 more switchbacks, and take note of the steep turnoff for Rincon Wall. Keep walking as the trail levels off for a half mile. Pass 4 short switchbacks, the trail levels off again and passes a blunt ridge where the Musical Boulders can be seen downhill to the left. Keep going a quarter mile, pass over a culvert where a spring crosses the trail, and continue for a few minutes through some boulders in the pines. When the trail starts to leave the trees, look up to the right, and the Nightmare Block can just barely be seen uphill 50 yards from the trail.

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