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Sailing Hawks Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,720'
Location: 37.3097, -107.8849 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Martweet on Apr 1, 2009
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One of the best boulding places in Durango! Includes well-traveled trails for easy access and navigation, a big warm-up boulder near the beginning, and lots and lots of rock.

This area is also used for hiking, horse-back rididng and other recreational uses.

Not sure of the camping policy here or if there is one.

Getting There 

To get there head [north] on Main or US 550, take a left at the light on West 25th, travel about a mile and you will see a dirt parking area on the right, hard to miss. Continue up the main trail until you are forced a hard right. Instead of following the main wood-chip road that leads right follow the dirt path in front of you until you reach a flat part of the hill. Here you will see a path continuing straight and one that goes right up the hill, head up the hill.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

60 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sailing Hawks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sailing Hawks:
Petrified Jugs   V0 4     Boulder   Petrified Boulder
Boatship   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Square 1 : Ship's Prow
Petrified Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 25'   Petrified Boulder
Dr. Dyno (originally submitted as Cigarette Problem)   V4 6B     Boulder, 17'   Cigarette Boulder
Lifeboat   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 20'   Square 1 : Ship's Prow
Pocket Change   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Pocket Change Boulder
V5   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Keystone Cave Boulder
Three Finger Pocket/Petrified Prow   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Petrified Boulder
Skully   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Skully Boulder
The Land That Gill Forgot   V5+ 6C+     Boulder   Skully Boulder
Something Wicked This Way Comes   V6 7A     Boulder, 11'   Triangle Boulder
Government Shutdown   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Square 1 : Ship's Prow
Sunday Stroll   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Sunday Stroll Boulder
Under the Sea   V6 7A     Boulder, 9'   Pocket Change Boulder
Bleeding Lip Traverse (Font Traverse)   V6 7A     Boulder, 30'   Bleeding Lip Boulder
Somethin' Southern   V6 7A     Boulder   Petrified Boulder
50 Foot Smoking Ban   V7 7A+     Boulder, 17'   Cigarette Boulder
Meat Head   V8 7B     Boulder, 25'   Keystone Cave Boulder
Legacy of the Kid   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   Legacy of the Kid Boulder
Sacred Traverse   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b V7 7A+     TR, Boulder, 70'   Euro Boulder
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Featured Route For Sailing Hawks
Rock Climbing Photo: The starting hold of Meathead.

Meat Head V8 7B  Colorado : Durango : ... : Keystone Cave Boulder
This is a savage boulder problem with a few hard moves into a 20 foot victory jug haul.Start on the crimp rail full of pebbles at the back of the roof, and climb out a couple savage moves on crimps and pinches, exiting right into a jug and heading out the extremely fun topout!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Sailing Hawks Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm-up boulder.
Warm-up boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Night session at Euro Boulder.
Night session at Euro Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Warming up along the trail.
Warming up along the trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dyno.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spider Pig.
Spider Pig.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sailing Hawks.
Sailing Hawks.
Rock Climbing Photo: After you pass The Cube and the warm-up rock you c...
After you pass The Cube and the warm-up rock you c...
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm-up rock to the left of The Cube.
Warm-up rock to the left of The Cube.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Cube.
The Cube.
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm-up boulder, The Cube in the left rear.
Warm-up boulder, The Cube in the left rear.
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the hill, path goes straight or veers off r...
Top of the hill, path goes straight or veers off r...

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By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 4, 2009
Sailing Hawks is not illegal anymore. It is now part of Durango's open space. The city purchased the land recently. I think it was the fall of 2007.
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 7, 2009
Durango Bouldering Guidebook will be out soon. I am sending it to print and it should be in stores somewhere around the 1st week of May.
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 8, 2009
My vote is if we are really going to start loading Sailing Hawks on the web we need to do it the justice it deserves. What I am tryng to say is lest organize it in a easy manner to use like list all the boulders then list the problems under the boulders. Right now it is a jumbled mess that needs to be fixed beore it gets out of control. Also we should agree that stuff should only be loaded up if it is correct inormation. Any thought?
By Bill Grasse
From: Carbondale, CO.
Apr 12, 2009
By Martweet
Apr 14, 2009
I agree wholeheartedly IanA. This website is here to serve as a collaborative database for individuals like you and me. If you know more, please add it!
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Jun 26, 2009
Could an Administrator please reorganize the problems under these boulder names:

Triangle Boulder:
-Journey of Foreigner
-Something Wicked This Way Comes

Skully Boulder:
-The Land That Gill Forgot

Petrified Boulder:
-Petrified Arete
-Three Finger Pocket/Petrified Prow
-Unkn wn

Bleeding Lip Boulder:

By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Aug 18, 2009
Durango Bouldering Guide in stores now. Check it out!
By s.price
From: PS,CO
Dec 3, 2010
We use to climb here when it was illegal, because the area is so damn good. Now we are in Pagosa and make the trip routinely to enjoy the classics and test ourselves on the new wave of development. Huge props to Ian for gathering all the beta and putting together a great guidebook for Durango bouldering.
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 7, 2011
Two great films by Chris Parker on some of the bouldering up at Sailing Hawks.
Sacred Traverse Video

Two at the Hawks Video
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 7, 2011
Thanks S.Price for your kind words. Next time you are in town look me up and we'll go climbing!
By Eric Whitbeck
Jul 7, 2011
The directions should be edited to say, when driving north on 550, not south. The area is very cool. An overview map is needed to make sense of it. The land of the sit start.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Dec 14, 2013
How is this place in the winter? Is it climbable?

I'm thinking of taking a trip down there this week, so current conditions would be appreciated, but I'm also wondering about this area (or other Durango areas) as an occasional potential alternative to climbing in the Utah desert in the winter.

Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
By Nolan Robertson
Dec 18, 2013
The Euro Boulder is always dry. The legacy of the kid problem is clean this year. Keeping a tarp on it. If it's in the 40s, it's nice to climb here, especially if there is sun.
By Ben Coyle
From: durango co
Oct 29, 2014
Hey, found a Goal Zero speaker near 3 finger pocket, hit me up with a description and I'll get it back to you.
By Forsty Forsthoff
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 3, 2014
Found a chalk bucket at Sailing Hawks this past weekend. Message me with details, and I can get it back to you.

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