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Box Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Eckhard on Aug 22, 2008  with updates from Dr. Dan

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BETA PHOTO: Right 2 routes in Box Canyon. BS Too and Step Rig...


This crag is South-facing. Due to the mountains to the East & West of it, light comes up and goes down early. There are NO crowds, mainly because the Mount Zirkel area is not know for its stellar crags, or dense population, but if you are in the neighborhood, there is trad & sport climbing to be had. There is a lot of loose rock on the trad climbs due to low traffic, but this was not an issue with any bolted climbs. There is plenty of camping. While goods can be bought in Clark, I suggest purchasing beer, gas, and food in Steamboat to help save you a buck, and the only know map I saw of Seed House Wall/crag was at Backdoor Sports, so feel free to stop in there and ask. The crag I'm describing is past Seed House Wall/crag.

Per Dr. Dan: there are now 7 leadable routes on the main wall with 6 fully bolted and 1 mixed line to a crack. There are an additional 2 bolted routes on the formation just 100m left of the main area.

Getting There 

Starting from Steamboat Springs, take Elk River Rd/CR-129 North towards Clark. After 19 miles of a meandering road, you will come to Seed House Rd/CR-64, which will head East, and it contains several climbing walls/crags. First you'll see Seed House Wall/crag, then Cougar Rock, and finally what I believe is called Hole in the Wall, which is DIRECTLY ACROSS THE ROAD from the Box Canyon of the Elk River approximately 8 miles from the beginning of Seed House Rd. There is parking all around do to the great sightseeing and kayaking of the Box Canyon of the Elk River.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Box Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Box Canyon:
Steel Nuts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Box Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: I cut the bottom of the route when taking this pho...

Steel Nuts 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Steamboat Springs : ... : Box Canyon
Wow, this is a fun climb. It has a bit of everything, crimps, jugs, roof, finger crack, plus some. Who ever placed the bolts did a great job placing and distancing them. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Box Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Left 3 routes in Box Canyon.
BETA PHOTO: Left 3 routes in Box Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the trail.
BETA PHOTO: Starting up the trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pump Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The Pump Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crag from the bottom of the screefield.
The crag from the bottom of the screefield.

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By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Aug 23, 2008
The old Steamboat guide has information for climbs at this area. When the guide was written, the routes were all TRs or leads, but in recent years bolts have been appearing. I think there are now 4 bolted routes, a few dirty trad leads, and some other topropes. Thanks to whoever is bolting, everything is much safer, just getting to set up TRs before was probably more sketchy than soloing the route itself.
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Aug 24, 2008
This crag is called Box Canyon.
By Dr. Dan
From: Steamboat Springs, CO
Jun 9, 2015
There are 6 bolted routes in Box (7 if you count the bolts to the crack route), and they are pretty good climbing. Was going to qualify that by saying "for Routt County", but they are in general fun routes and good climbing. There are two newer routes just to the left of Steel Nuts. I believe these are courtesy of Jackie K. (thanks). The furthest left is 10something with a cool committing crux. The one just right of this goes through a decent roof on small crimps and poor feet and felt at least like 10somethingharder. A bit further right are two climbs. The first shares the start with the arête route but goes straight up (stay left) to a manky crack. The arête steps well right over open space and up the arête to anchors and is a mid-10. The last two bolted routes are on the vertical, polished, old, top rope wall and go at 10a (left) and 10c/d right.

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