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Area A Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 39.6326, -105.6211 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jul 24, 2009

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The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber MORE INFO >>>


Area A is the most well-known area at Mt Evans, home to numerous classic problems such as Seurat, Bierstadt, Timeline, The Ladder, All Dogs Go to Evans, The Dali, and No More Greener Grasses. The approach is just awful, which makes it relatively pleasant compared to other Mt Evans areas. The scenery here is magnificent, and really adds to the allure. Since this is by far the most visited area at Evans, and many of the boulders are in vegetated areas, please be extra courteous and respectful of other users and the fragile alpine environment.

Getting There 

Park at the Echo Lake Picnic Area. Follow a nice gravel path to the west side of the lake, where a signed trail for the Chicago Lakes heads off to the southwest. Follow this trail for a few hundred yards over a ridge, into the Chicago Lakes Basin. The trail traverses along the valley wall for a while, and then drops steeply towards the valley floor, through a series of switchbacks. Once at the valley floor, the trail crosses a creek, then joins an old dirt road. Turn left at the road, and head steeply uphill towards the reservoir. There are a few boulders along this road. The “Roadside Boulder” sits right on the road, on the left just before reaching the reservoir. Once at the reservoir, the trail flattens somewhat. Follow the road to the southwest corner of the reservoir, past two cabins, to a signed trailhead for the Chicago Lakes. Stop here and fill out your free wilderness permit. Follow the Chicago Lakes Trail through undulating terrain for several minutes. You will pass a nice looking block (the "Trailside Boulder") on the right in a nice meadow. Five minutes after passing the Trailside Boulder the trail forks. Head left, through the meadow at this fork. The main Chicago Lakes Trail continues to the right, passing a small stand of aspens.

Follow the trail through the meadow, across two make-shift bridges, then into the woods on the opposite side of the meadow. The trail winds through the woods for a few hundred yards, passing two more boulders in the meadow on the right (The Willows Boulders). About 3 minutes after the trail fork, this trail heads straight into the Bierstadt Block. Pass between the small cleft formed by the Bierstadt Block & its southern neighbor to reach a nice cirque of boulders with numerous classic problems such as Timeline & The Ladder.

To reach Pink Fink, Seurat, and the Dali, continue Southwesterly through/over this group of boulders, and pick up the trail again just past the Ladder. On the left is the overhanging arete of Random Progression. Head right around a large flat boulder, then after ~20 yards you will run smack into the North Face of the Pink Fink boulder, featuring Snow White V7 & Pink Fink. The towering highball Peasants Into Leaders is on the boulder just East of the Pink Fink boulder. Head west (right) around the Pink Fink boulder, and follow the trail towards the woods. Once in the woods the trail goes right past the East side of the Seurat Boulder. Continue further on this trail, SW for a bit, and then steeply uphill to the SE, to reach the Dali.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

101 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Area A

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Area A:
Last of the Ohitians   V1 5     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Bierstadt Area
Timeline   V1 5 R     Boulder, Alpine, 25'   Bierstadt Area
The Ladder   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 1 pitch, 10'   Bierstadt Area
Canvas   V2 5+ R     Boulder, Alpine, 30'   Bierstadt Area
Puddle Jumper   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine   The Dali Area
Dark Crystal   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine, 16'   Bierstadt Area
Broken Arrow Right (FKA Anorexic Gymnast)   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   Seurat Area
Ben's Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 16'   Bierstadt Area
Cherry Top Rip (Name Unknown)   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 10'   Seurat Area
Maker's Mark   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Bierstadt Area
The Dali Stand Start   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine, 10'   The Dali Area
Peasants Into Leaders   V7 7A+ R     Boulder, Alpine, 30'   Bierstadt Area
Pink Fink   V7 7A+ PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Bierstadt Area
Seurat   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine   Seurat Area
The Dali Sit Down Start   V8+ 7B+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   The Dali Area
Bierstadt   V9+ 7C     Boulder, Alpine, 14'   Bierstadt Area
Mirror Mask   V10- 7C+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   The Dali Area
All Dogs Go To Evans   V10 7C+ PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 16'   Seurat Area
No More Greener Grasses   V12 8A+     Boulder, Alpine   The Dali Area
Big Worm   V14 8B+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   The Dali Area
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Featured Route For Area A
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown topping out Ben's Arete.

Ben's Arete V5 6C  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Bierstadt Area
At the base of the arete, begin from obvious holds above your head. After making a couple moves high-gravity thrutchy moves, reach right onto the face to a hard-to-decipher-without-the-beta right hand undercling crimp just before the topout on thin but perfect crimps. If this one's at or near your limit, you may want to scramble up top to scope out and dust the finishing edges. If not for the alternative start (see below), I would give this line 4 stars as it is tall, overhung, interesting, c...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By AriJety
From: Denver, CO
Jun 19, 2016
Hey guys! Just wanted to let those of you know of the time that it took me to get to Area A, 1hr 35min ONE WAY. I was not expecting this hike to take so long, although not the WORST hike, it was certainly not all that great.

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