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Submitted By: Joe Collins on Apr 26, 2002


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A cool boulder with two classic Carter problems on its south face- South Line (V4) and Standard Route (V3). Each of these are among the best problems of their grade at Carter.

Getting There 

Park at the south lot (the one with the the concrete open-air john). The chalked south face of Scenic Rock is easily visible on the hillside above the parking area.

Climbing Season

For the Carter Lake area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Scenic Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Scenic Rock:
West Bulge   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   
Standard Route   V3 6A     Boulder   
South Line   V4 6B     Boulder   
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Featured Route For Scenic Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Scenic Rock, West Bulge indicated.

West Bulge V2 5+  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Scenic Rock
SDS on an obvious sloping "shelf" on the left side of the boulder and trend up and right along the bulging arete. Hit the lip and top out on the south face using good edges and chickenheads. This problem is a bit contrived as the line of least resistance wants to pull you left onto easy ground, but it is really pretty good if you stick to the arete and commit to the topout. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By allen simons
Sep 24, 2003
Yes, I love this boulder. There are two more climbs on it. On the far Left is a V-2, go straight up the left overhanging arete. Secondly, there is a 5.12 traverse going right to left, the top is out. The V-4 on this rock is one of my favorites.
By Jordan A.
Mar 10, 2009
Anybody have a name/rating for the right to left traverse beginning right of the hueco, moving through south line, and finishing on juggy holds on the far left arete? Good holds, bad feet, very technical. Seems harder than 5.12. I'd peg it at V6+ but who knows? Also, there is a hard sit-start on the left side beginning on an undercling then a big move up to a high right gaston or pissy left crimp.
By Brett Billings
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 25, 2009
Jordan, according to the older guide book by Bob Horan, it's called "Scenic Traverse" and goes at B1+/B2, which I think translates to somewhere between V5 and V7. On his diagram of the rock, it looks like he has the traverse starting at about the mid-level pocket. Hope this helps.
By Jordan A.
Apr 2, 2009
Thanks for the info Brett. Not that it really affects the grade, but we were beginning this on the jug right of the pocket, just to add another logical move and maybe a little extra pump. Also try starting far left side and traversing right and finish on standard; same crux but slightly easier for some reason.

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