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Two massive boulders with great lines and perfect flat landings, and they sit in an incredibly beautiful spot next to the South Platte River. I bouldered there for a couple of hours on a Sunday and I was all by myself - no sign of any other climbers.

They are both pretty tall, so you wouldn't even want to think about falling on the finishing moves. But on the other hand, the cruxy sequences tend to come down lower where falls are no problem.

Benningfield's book calls these the "creme de la creme of boulders in the canyon (also the state)".

Getting There 

From Colorado Springs, take US 24 to Woodland Park, and then on to the small town of Lake George. Overall, its about 40 miles from Colorado Springs to Elevenmile. Turn left at Lake George to enter Elevenmile Canyon. From the ranger kiosk at the entrance, it is 6.5 miles to the boulders. Park at the wide spot and wade the river to get to the boulders. Use some judgement on whether this is safe - in a high runoff year it could be tricky. I waded it in May of 2002 and it was no problem.

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For the Elevenmile Canyon area.

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By Luke
Jul 23, 2002
Even though it is great that these boulders are rarely crowded it does have a downside. The downside is that the rock tends to be covered in spider webs moss and other debri. the top out are also difficult due to this. So a quick cleaning would do no harm.
By Dave Brower
From: cs co
Oct 19, 2002
The really good bouldering is just up the hill a bit to the west (above and between)spy rock and the indulgance crag. A brush is not a bad idea, but not required. This is the Best area for bouldering (I have discovered) in the canyon.
By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Jul 18, 2012
Be prepared for the wade across the river to be at least waist deep.

The water is controlled by the release from the reservoir and I have been here in mid-Oct before and the flow was just as strong as mid-summer so don't expect it to be low based on the time of the year.

Lots of other climbs here here too in the easier range if you look around.

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