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Hartman Rocks Rock Climbing 

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Living in Gunnnison, CO, I have noticed a peculiar absence of information on climbing in this area. The stellar climbing is often overshadowed by, of course, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Located four miles outside of Gunnison, Hartman Rocks is a great area for those interested in a multi-sport environment. It is a multi-use area with miles of off-road and mountain bike trails, free camping, and of course great rock climbing. The rock is a granite, often compared to J-tree, bomber in most areas and loose and crumbly in others. All types of climbing can be done here; however, it has mostly bolted routes (5.5-5.12+), great bouldering in the V-easy to V-hard range, with a few trad cracks thrown in for good measure. Most routes can be accessed from the parking areas of the crags with anchors for top-ropes too. Some classics include Buddha's Belly, Tiger Stripe Wall, and Super Slabs. The climbing community has been putting up routes here for years, but new opportunity abounds. If you see a line you want to try, if it can't go clean, bolting is not frowned upon. Ammenities can be found in Gunnison ranging from a KOA campground to restaurants and even a hospital! lol Rock and Roll Sports in Gunnison is a great place for beta (free climbing guide), and local climbers are friendly and a great source for info.

Getting There 

Gunnison is located on US 50 between Salida and Montrose. Heading west out of town on US 50 (Tomichi) you will see a sign for Hartman Rocks (if you cross a bridge you've gone too far.) The KOA campground is shortly on the right and after about 2 miles you will see the entrance to the park on the right. Stay on the dirt road going up a heavily washboarded hill. Once at the top make your second left and the crags are located on the left (east) side of the road. There are numerous different areas to climb at, the first prominent pulloff on the left being the Buddha's Belly Area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

175 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',90],['2 Stars',55],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hartman Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hartman Rocks:
Chief Broken Wing   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 20'   Bouldering Areas : Quarter Inch Master Area
Madagascar   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Bouldering Areas : The Stash
Straight Razor   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Bouldering Areas : The Stash
White Lightning   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Areas : White Lightning Area
Water Groove   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Kill Hill Bouldering Area : Water Groove Area (top of K...
Quarter Inch Master   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Areas : Quarter Inch Master Area
Raleigh Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Bouldering Areas : Quarter Inch Master Area
Jaws Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering Areas : Quarter Inch Master Area
Rimjob   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Bouldering Areas : Quarter Inch Master Area
Crack, Baby!   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Beginner's Slab
Pussy Foot   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Tiger Wall
Cardassian   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Beginner's Slab
Keating Beating   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Super Slabs
Buddha's Belly   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Buddha's Belly Wall
Little Finger aka Penis Rock - South Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 20'   Little Finger aka Penis Roc...
Baby's Got Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Beginner's Slab
The Pink Nipple   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 40'   Super Slabs
Laughing Buddha   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Buddha's Belly Wall
Ramayana Story   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Buddha's Belly Wall
Crystal Ship   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Tiger Wall
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Featured Route For Hartman Rocks
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Cobra Strike 5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b  Colorado : Gunnison : ... : Project Wall
I bolted this on Easter of 2009. Ben Spannuth perfected his cobra strike to snag the FA on May 2, 2012. It is a difficult and high quality climb. It has 5 bolts of 30 degree overhung granite to a topout. Pinches, crimps, slopers, underclings, mantles, crazy tension moves, dynos, it's all here. Bring your 'A' game! Jump start to the jug horn and mantle to clip the first bolt. Defy gravity and stand up into a small thumb undercling, and then press into a larger undercling to clip bolt @PO...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Hartman Rocks Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hartman Rocks!
Hartman Rocks!
Rock Climbing Photo: Hartman rocks: Groove Rock and Super Slab.
Hartman rocks: Groove Rock and Super Slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic Hartmans highball.
Classic Hartmans highball.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aerial view of Hartman's.  Photo by Greg Smith, We...
Aerial view of Hartman's. Photo by Greg Smith, We...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering somewhere up there (1976), anyone know ...
Bouldering somewhere up there (1976), anyone know ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Rock N' Roll Wall.
The Rock N' Roll Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering White Lightning, V3 at Hartmans.
Bouldering White Lightning, V3 at Hartmans.
Rock Climbing Photo: A hunk of rock.
A hunk of rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon Scott on the Donkey Head boulder, that also ha...
Jon Scott on the Donkey Head boulder, that also ha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing on the left side of the Best Crack Wall. ...
Climbing on the left side of the Best Crack Wall. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The legendary Quinessential Pinnacle, also known a...
The legendary Quinessential Pinnacle, also known a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Foulkes, WSC alumni, points out a 5.13 crack @...
Tim Foulkes, WSC alumni, points out a 5.13 crack @...
Rock Climbing Photo: Alec Solimeo on a project on the End of Yer Rope b...
Alec Solimeo on a project on the End of Yer Rope b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brittney Jeck on the Tiger Wall.
Brittney Jeck on the Tiger Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice map of the area I got at the rock 'n' roll ...
BETA PHOTO: A nice map of the area I got at the rock 'n' roll ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another classic highball.
Another classic highball.

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By Terry Fisher
Jul 28, 2002
Most of the information that I have comes from a free guide that can be found at Rock n Roll sports in Gunnison. If any information is incorrect or lacking please feel free to change or add in anyway.
By Terry Fisher
Aug 26, 2002
OOPS!!!! I have referred on several ocasions to "Hell Hill" which is the first big hill you come too after turning into the park, my apologies the actual name is "Kill Hill" for those of you who care anyway lol.
By Chris Cavallaro
May 25, 2004
LAKE CITY: I am hoping to ask about any new routes in the area of Lake City. I used to live in the area for years, and know how to get to Gods Crag from directions on I am taking a trip to Lake city this weekend, and I'm bringing some new climbers.

Are there any new areas you could advise me on that would have softer climbs? Are there any new 5.8-5.11 climbs near Gods Crag?

Any information much appreciated!
Sep 19, 2005
Great place to climb!!! just went there last weekend and had an awesome time.. great bouldering.. also you can camp right next to the rocks where you climb so its real nice... also many many rocks there to do and could easily spend a week there climbing, also its right outside of Gunnison so it's real quick to the food and what-not
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
May 4, 2006
Is there any way to get some more beta on this and close by areas? What about guide books? I am specifically interested in sport 5.7-5.11 and bouldering V0-V6. Does anyone have some digital Topos or any other info?
By John Peterson
Jun 14, 2006
The best guide (at the moment) for this area is Cowan's guide, available at Rock and Roll. I'm taking all of my information from that as I add routes. Unfortunately this guide doesn't have topos, and the route descriptions don't always line up so some of the routes will probably be misnamed. Sorry.

If you're climbing in Gunny, your first stop should be Rock and Roll. You'll get expert advice, find any gear you may need, and get beta on crags that aren't listed in any guide. Go there.
By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
May 12, 2009
Hey, y'all be sure to check out 24 Hours of Gunnison Glory, the first 24 hour climbing festival in the west. It will be at Hartmans on the 27th and 28th of June. Check our website at:

or give me a call 970-943-7053 or email:
By Jasonn
May 12, 2010
Whoo, I'll be there.
By Alec Solimeo
May 19, 2011
BRINGS live music to the natural rock ampitheatre within Hartman Rocks Recreation Area...come check it out!!!
By Laura Fremgen
From: Missoula, Montana
Apr 13, 2013
Just wanted to add that the road to get to Hartman can be a little rough. I took a Subaru up there, and it struggled in a few places. Would recommend good tires and good clearance for whatever vehicle you take!
By matthew
From: Gunnison, Colorado
Jun 24, 2013
We have been able to get a Honda fit up Kill Hill all summer so far.
By gavilightsey
From: Montrose CO
Oct 22, 2016
Hey, found a pair of orange climbing shoes over by Tiger Wall. Let me know at 9705965162 if they're yours.
By Trycycle
May 7, 2017
To whoever put a bolt on the top of Birdman at The Stash (bouldering area),

Please remove this bolt. The problems on this boulder were all done ground up.

I know it can be hard to find info on things around the Gunnison Valley, so you may not have known that all the main features on this boulder had already been climbed. If you would like to toprope or inspect the lines on rappel, a ground anchor can be constructed on all sides of the boulder.


Will Anglin

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