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Morrison/Evergreen Rock Climbing 


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Bouldering at the amazing Morrison Formation.

Description 

Morrison is well known as a classic Font Range bouldering area. A outdoor climbing gym with two distinctive atmospheres. On the Northern side of the road, it's rare to boulder by yourself, whereas the southern side I've yet to met anyone there.

The town of Morrison is a small but thriving town whose major industries are tourism and margaritas - especially in the summer. Visitors come for our restaurants, rocks, and/or rock concerts at Red Rocks. The population is about 500 people.

Evergreen is further up Bear Valley at 7200 feet, approximately 20 minutes from Morrison. It's considerably larger than Morrison with about 30,000 residents, although many of them are very spread out.

Getting There 

From Boulder, take CO Hwy 93 to Golden, US 6 to C-470 heading South, and get off 5-10 minutes later at Morrison. Take a right after exiting. One can also take a right just past Golden on Heritage Rd, which becomes a highway that goes by Red Rocks and spits you out into Morrison on the west side. Continue up CO Hwy 74 (Bear Creek Road) to Evergreen. Watch out for cyclists!

From Denver, take US 285 to C-470, then head north the the Morrison exit, and take a left into town. To get to Evergreen, continue up CO Hwy 74.

Map of Morrison and Evergreen

Resources 

This town is famous for its Margaritas and its Mexican food, and the one place to get them is the Morrison Inn. There is also a great Italian restaurant in town.

Camping 

Per Derek Lawrence: the closest camping is at Bear Creek Lake Park - www.lakewood.org/bclp/.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.2 miles from here

648 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Morrison/Evergreen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Morrison/Evergreen:
Around the Horn   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   The Eggs : The Non Eggs
In the Beginning   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Dark Side : The Cube Area
Marry Ann   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Gilligan's Island
Part of A Warmup Traverse   V1+ 5     Boulder   The Dark Side : Warm-up Traverse Area
Bearded Lady (aka Hand Crack)   V1+ 5     Boulder, 10'   The Dark Side : Squirming Coil Area
Breashears' Crack   V2- 5+     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Dihedral Problem   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   The Eggs : Trailside Egg
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Work and Play Area
Upper Wisdom   V3 6A     Boulder, 25'   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Breashear's Crack II   V3 6A     Boulder, 19'   The Dark Side : The Cube Area
High Gravity aka Slots   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   The Dark Side : Warm-up Traverse Area
Flint Lock   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Pirate's Cove
Wisdom A.K.A. The Best Boulder Problem In Evergreen   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Brother's Lookout South...
Double Arete   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 16'   The Dark Side : Squirming Coil Area
Air Jordan   V5 6C     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Squirming Coil   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   The Dark Side : Squirming Coil Area
Helicopter   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Morrison Boulders : The Black Hole
Ghost Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Matthews-Winters Park : The Millenium Boulder
Rupture   V6-7 7A+ R     Boulder, 10'   The Caves : Rupture Cave
Lover's Leap   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Lover's Leap
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The Pearl V7 7A+  Colorado : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : The Black Pearl
The Pearl is a very tricky, technical, fun problem. Sds on the arete right of the overhanging face using a juggy left sidepull and a right hand sloper around the arete. Bump up right to the flat sloper and with some footwork trickery, make your way up the arete to the sloping knob with crystals on it and pull over the arete to a good crimp that you can match. Finally, a desperate couple of 5.11ish slab moves will take you to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Luke Childers finding the simplest solution on his...
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Dinosaur Ridge Park near Morrison. Photo by Blitzo...
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Downtown Morrison.
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Eric Ming bouldering at Morrison circa 1976 sporti...
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Bouldering above the town of Morrison, before a sh...
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Morrison, Colorado. This photo was taken in Februa...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 23, 2007
An alternative to the regular Morrison bouldering/climbing:

Drive about a mile (west) out of Morrison up Bear Creek Canyon.
On the south side of the canyon (across the river) there is a severely overhanging face with two bolted routes on it.

The Bearicade, 5.12?, F.A. me and a bunch of my friends.
Kodiak Arrest, 5.13? F.A. Rufus Miller, Dave Twinum is on the right.

The climbs are about 100' above the river and can be spotted easier by driving past and turning around.

There is a large spot to pull off the road right under them.
These climbs are accessed by crossing the river any way you can(wading works). There is a dry way, but you have to cross a gated pipe.

We generally hike around to the top of the route and rap in. I haven't been there in a while, maybe some stuff to back things up. I do remember that the rap sling should hang over the lip and makes the last clip for a lead ascent. (you'll see). The bolts on the routes are good, the exposure is breath taking, the angle is steep!, the rock quality is very solid, and it is way pumpy! This is a great summer afternoon outing.
By Alex A
Aug 7, 2007
Has anyone climbed the cliffs above Evergreen Lake, they look good from the road,
By Tom Hanson
Aug 7, 2007
Hi Alex,
If you're into bouldering, there is some really good stuff, though hard to find, up at Alderfer-Three Sisters Park in Evergreen.
By the way, I see that you climbed for 25 years at The Lake.
Are you an ex-DLFA clubber?
I am a branch affiliate DLFA'er from Taylors Falls circa early seventies to 1982, when I moved to CO for multi-pitch.
Now living in Castle Rock as a founding foreskin of the DCCC
Rich Bechler bestowed upon me the unofficial title of Megalomaniacal Potentate of Fukness, so I am now unofficially "core" even if I am an over-the-hill-has-been.
By Andrew Bergner
Mar 15, 2013
Does anyone know of good camping in the area?
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Mar 15, 2013
Re: camping:
I'm not sure it would be considered "good", but the closest camping to Morrison is Bear Creek Lake Park - lakewood.org/bclp/.
By Andrew Bergner
Apr 29, 2013
Thanks for the help.

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