Piano Ridge Rock Climbing
Noa Warren on the Blobby Boulder, Piano Ridge
The Piano Boulder along with the West Facing ridge it sits along offer a handfull of easy to moderately difficult bouldering lines. With the dam construction projects, the area has seen increased traffic now that is among the few remaining bouldering locales with a short approach accessible from Fort Collins. The classic traverse of the Piano Boulder (V5) is among the harder lines here. Quite a few easy traverses and up problems exist on the ridge.
From Overland Trail in Fort Collins head West on CR 42C near Hughes Stadium. After the curves and hill turn left on CR 23, follow until the current road block above the Spring Canyon Dam. Park on the left and find the main trail to the left (don't use the many social trails immediately ahead of the parking area).
Weather station 3.4 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Piano Ridge
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Piano Traverse V5- 6C Colorado
: Fort Collins
: ... : Piano Ridge
This fun traverse is the obvious boulder up from the approach trail, just off of the ridge. Most people start on the NE arete on a jug and traverse counterclockwise around this boulder, but it is possible and possibly easier to go the opposite direction. The moves are generally continous on the N, W and S faces on thin edges or slopers with predominately bad feet. The hard stuff is over after pulling onto the slabby E face. Get it dialed and go for laps....[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
By Mike Beshore
Apr 30, 2002
To the south of the Piano Boulder and south of "Booty" (V0-V1 High Slab Problem) just past the barbed-wire fence there is a Gill Arrow. This is a typical Gill roof problem. Also, because Rotary access is limited there are many other locations to visit around the Fort. The North Quarry. Big Granitic Boulders below west Arthurs Rock (V10 here). The distant-eye and road-side boulders at H-Tooth. The fish-hatchery up the Poudre. Need directions? Sure Rotary is sweet, but there are many other places to boulder around the Fort.