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Moraine Park Boulders (aka Fern Lake Trail/The Pool/Arch Rocks)

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Moraine Park Boulders (aka Fern Lake Trail/The Pool/Arch Rocks) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 40.31178, -105.64466 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Hunter Robertson
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jun 2, 2010
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  • Description 

    This trail heading out to The Pool area has a smattering of boulders which may entice the errant boulderer starting about 3/4 of a mile down the trail. There are some highballs along here. There are even some toprope problems, too. There are some nice streamside boulders once the spring runoff ends. It's not clear that there are high end boulder problems.

    Note, the Arch Rock backcountry site has been closed due to beetle kill tree fall potential.

    There are nice smaller boulders if you wish to bring your little boulderers along.

    Getting There 

    From the Beaver Meadows entrance, head towards Moraine Park and its campground. Just before entering the campground, take a left down past the Cub Lake trailhead. Continue to the end of the road. The trailhead has limited parking, but there are small pullouts 0.2 & 0.4 miles back. There is a slightly larger parking area at the winter closure spot perhaps a mile back.

    Note, a small, RMNP shuttle bus does service the area.

    Climbing Season

    For the RMNP Bouldering Areas area.

    Weather station 8.4 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


    Featured Route For Moraine Park Boulders (aka Fern Lake Trail/The Pool/Arch Rocks)
    Rock Climbing Photo: Coming off of starting rail to match hands on firs...

    Cove Over V5- 6C PG13  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Hanging Arete Boulders
    Cove Over would be a V4 if the topout wasn't such a pain. Getting the left foot roll-over to top out is definitely the crux, with another mild crux to the shelf just below....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

    Photos of Moraine Park Boulders (aka Fern Lake Trail/The Pool/Arch Rocks) Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: More nice flowers along the way to bouldering.
    More nice flowers along the way to bouldering.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Elephant's Head.
    Elephant's Head.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Nice flowers along the way to bouldering.
    Nice flowers along the way to bouldering.
    Rock Climbing Photo: A nice place to freshen up after bouldering.
    A nice place to freshen up after bouldering.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Another low end, trailside problem.
    Another low end, trailside problem.
    Rock Climbing Photo: 2 low end, trailside problems.
    2 low end, trailside problems.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Windy Gulch Cascade off to the right of the trail.
    Windy Gulch Cascade off to the right of the trail.

    Comments on Moraine Park Boulders (aka Fern Lake Trail/The Pool/Arch Rocks) Add Comment
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    By MAKB
    Administrator
    From: Potrero Chico, MEX
    Jun 5, 2016
    I think this area is most commonly known now as the "Moraine Park Boulders". That seems like a better title for this section to me. Since there are currently only a handful of problems, it might be easier to have 'em all under that heading. Most of the boulders have only one or two problems anyway.
    By ehouse
    Jul 19, 2016
    I'm trying to figure out whether I will be able to squeeze a bit of bouldering into a family vacation to RMNP this week. We're going to be camping in Moraine Park. Is there moderate bouldering that's not too far out of the way from there?

    I can't find a table of contents for Jamie Emerson's recent guidebook. Does anyone out there have it? Does it have info on Moraine Park Boulders? I am happy to rent or buy the guidebook when I get there, but for now I just need enough info to figure out how to plan a few hours of bouldering here and there.

    Thanks!