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Elevation: 5,400'
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This cluster of river-polished boulders sits in the valley along the east side of Cherry Creek and is home to the classic problem Punani.

The northern-most developed bouldering area east of the road this area offers a few highly concentrated problems; however, outside of these few problems the area is sparse of established climbs. Apparently the area can be known for its heavy concentration of ticks in spring through summer months.

There may still be potential on many of the boulders that lay on the hillside above this area as well.

Please note that while it appears this area is nearby to the Nine Lives Boulder (which technically is just south along the creek), it is much more spread out then it first appears. You can reach Nine Lives and Central City from here by continuing along the Creek Bottom trail. Bushwhacking on the east side of the river is reserved for those looking for a challenge.

Getting There 

Enter through the West Entrance (which is also commonly called the North entrance).

Click here -- Overview Map of bouldering areas.

Park in the 1st parking lot to your left just after you pass the ranger kiosk, this is called the Lucas Homestead Parking Lot (remnants of an old stone structure prominently stand over the parking lot).

Take the Homestead Trail down towards the creek for ~0.3 miles where you will run into a junction for Rim Rock trail or Creek Bottom trail. At this point, you can take either trail although the Creek Bottom is the easiest/most direct to use.

Creek Bottom: Head south (into the canyon) for another 250 yards or so until right before where the trail enters thick pine forest. Across the river you should be able to spot the clean-looking blocks of Punani (depending on time of year the river may be obscured by foliage along the trail). Cross the river (usually no issue of getting wet). Punani Boulder sits facing the stream in a large cluster of tan-colored boulders.

Rim Rock: Turn on Rim Rock trail and cross the bridge. On the otherside of the bridge, there is a field that you cross and keep an eye open for faint paths. Head towards the riverbanks, and follow that until you run into the cluster of Punani Boulders (there is also an old truck trail too that can be used). This way may not be best if the willows are thick. This way may be best if the river is running high.

Also, note a few other boulders sit in the area and will have specific descriptions on how to get to them.

Climbing Season

For the Bouldering problems area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Punani Area/North Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Punani Area/North Canyon:
Gerbil in a Chute   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   Punani Boulder
Punani   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Punani Boulder
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Punani V7 7A+  Colorado : Denver South : ... : Punani Boulder
This is in the Streambed Boulders (reached from the "old ass building" parking lot at the north entrance to the park). It follows the dramatic overhanging arete on the biggest boulder.Start with the left hand on a sidepull on the overhanging side of the arete, right hand on a sloper. Get a heel, go right to the perfect edge, and then make a big move with body tension or a sweet keep-your-momentum-going-left-then-right move to reach the perfect slopes up top.In my opinion, it is the best problem...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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