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Submitted By: Chip Phillips on Oct 25, 2009
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The downtrail face of the Trailside Boulder ... 5 ...

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 >>>


The Trailside Boulder, a glacial erratic sitting all by itself along the Chicago Lakes Trail, hosts a number of moderate to medium grade problems, a few of which are quite nice but don't get much attention because they are mostly moderates. This is an excellent place to warm up in the morning or to make one more stop in the afternoon.

Problems abound on all sides of this block, but, as yet, only one problem on it has an official name that I am aware of. If the remainder of the problems ever get official names from the developers, I'll be back to edit in that information.

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 via a backcountry bridge, then joins an old dirt road.

Turn left at the road, and head STEEPLY uphill towards the Idaho Springs Reservoir. There are a few boulders along this road and out in the trees on the right. Once at the reservoir, the trail flattens somewhat and you can catch your breath while you continue to walk. 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 about 8-10 minutes. About 5 minutes before you come to the trail that meanders left through the willows to access Areas A & B, you will come to a nice looking block on the right side of the trail. It is located in a wide-open old lightning-strike/burn area that is quite green and hosts wildflowers much of the bouldering season. You can't miss it.

Climbing Season

For the Mt. Evans Bouldering area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Gateway Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gateway Boulder:
The Horn Arete   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, Alpine, 14'   
Downtrail Face   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine, 14'   
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Downtrail Face V6 7A  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Gateway Boulder
Begin from a sit start using crimps on top of the lowest shield of rock. Start by smacking a LH sloper, then trend up and right across poor crimps and make a big move to a corner jug just shy of the top and pull over. This is an obvious, independent and fun core-tension problem with poor feet until you've snagged the high jug. Note that in hot or humid conditions, it will feel harder as the start is fairly polished and lacks some of the friction found on most Evans problems. Sequential, fun and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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