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Boyz From The Hood S 
Fatman and Robin S 
Little John's Big Stick T 
Maid Marian S 
Men in Tights S 
Merry Men S 
Prince and The Pauper, The S 
Prince of Thieves S 
Robbin' the Hood S 
Sheriff's Tariff S 
Tony Bubb's Little Stick S 
Tuckered and Fried S 

Sherwood Forest Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,850'
Location: 40.0014, -105.3959 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Hidden in Boulder Canyon is a tall but thin sport climbing crag with a variety of routes, most of which are high quality. Most routes require nothing but draws.


    A. Boyz From The Hood, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.
    B. The Prince and The Pauper, 10-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    C. Merry Men, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
    D. Robbin' The Hood, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
    E. Prince Of Thieves, 12-, 1p, bolts.
    F. Sheriff's Tariff, 11-, 1p, bolts.
    G. Tuckered And Fried, 10, 1p, bolts.
    H. Fatman And Robin, 10+, 1p, 70', bolts.
    I. Men In Tights, 10-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    J. Little John's Big Stick, 9+, 1p, 80', gear.
    K. Tony Bubb's Little Stick, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
    L. Maid Marian, 9-, 1p, 80', bolts.

    Above: It's My Swamp, 8, 3p, 370', gear.

    Getting There 

    Go about 6.8 miles up Boulder Canyon, and park on the left side of the road about 200 yards after passing Cob Rock on the left side. (This pullout is also used for Happy Hour Crag.) There is a tyrolean across the creek about 200 yards upstream of this pullout. It's attached to a big flat boulder on the road side, and a big tree on the far side.

    You can also park at the Bihedral pullout, 7.0 miles up the canyon on the left side, and walk 150 yards downstream to the tyrolean.

    From the far side of the tyrolean, take a trail to the left to Witches' Tower. Then continue up and right on a steep trail to get to Sherwood Forest. About 100 yards up, the bolted face climbs appear.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 4.3 miles from here

    12 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Sherwood Forest

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sherwood Forest:
    Men in Tights   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Sheriff's Tariff   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Robbin' the Hood   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Prince of Thieves   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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    Featured Route For Sherwood Forest
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bill Wright approaching the overhangs on Tuckered ...

    Tuckered and Fried 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Sherwood Forest
    Probably the best warmup for the harder climbs. Rossiter has this as a 10d, but it's probably a bit easier. If you're just beginning to lead 5.10, you might try something else because the run-outs through the overhang tend to get people a little spooked. Overall, nice exposure and a fun climb. Immediately to the right of Sherrif's Tariff (with rust-colored coldshuts). It goes to the LEFT side of the small roof/protrusion about 20' up. It is incorrect in the D'Antonio guide (it shows Avenger bu...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 31, 2001
    This is a very small area and the seven routes are close together. It gets unpleasantly crowded if more than ten climbers are present. If the parking lot is full (and there's no sign that lots of people are climbing at Happy Hour or the Riviera), you might think about going elsewhere.

    Sherwood Forest stays shady and reasonably cool in the middle of summer. It was shaded till almost 2pm in June and was shady all day in September.

    Tom Isaacson
    By Anonymous Coward
    Sep 3, 2002
    Looks like there's a new route up here. Between Tuckered and Fried and Little John's Big Stick there's a new line that heads up through some nice thin slabby moves - then through the easy roof sections. To stay consistent with Sherwood ratings, this thing is probabaly in the 10b-c neighborhood with the crux on the slab (unlike the nearby climbs) around the 3rd / 4th bolt.

    It needs a bit more traffic to clean off some of the lichen on the slab and loose pebbles around the roof - but altogether a good line that's worth a go.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Sep 16, 2002
    I believe the new line AC is talking about is called "Men In Tights". The 10 b/c rating feels about right.
    By TBD
    Aug 25, 2003
    This area is amazingly popular. I was there on Saturday and there were 12 people at one time. I assume it to be because it is one of the few areas with great shade during the summer heat. Just be prepared for crowds and mediocre climbing.
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Sep 3, 2003
    Mediocre climbing?!?! I beg to differ Chad. Totally fun climbing, on quality rock, well worth your time. Maybe not for everybody, but definately better than mediocre, and well worth your time...
    By TBD
    Sep 4, 2003
    I would agree that the climbing was fun. I almost always have fun climbing, no matter what. I just thought the climbs that I did where one star, "not bad", with the exception of Prince of Thieves.
    By Richard M. Wright
    From: Lakewood, CO
    Aug 2, 2004
    Isn't it about time to put this discussion to rest? Sherwood Forest is an okay place to climb on a hot day. It produced a few good routes, but nothing of any real inspiration. I personally enjoyed some of them - Prince of Thieves has a couple of good moves, so do some of the others. Most of the grades have dropped down as we have picked the right sequences, something we usually get wrong when jumping on a new rock for the first time. The discussion over LJBS is far out of proportion to the route or any thought process or comitment in its original ascent. Overall the rock is decent enough, it probably still needs more cleaning, it sits in a nice forest environment. But for heaven's sake, lets keep it in perspective. It's not the Redgarden, it's not the Diamond, it's a spot for a few quarter rope-burns after work or a place grab some shade and run some lines. It serves a purpose much like a lot of the crags in Boulder Canyon, but it certainly is not worth the apparent agnst that has evolved.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 12, 2004
    Even though it was removed from the database, the climb known as "Tony Bubb's Little Stick" (FA Alan Nelson, 8/9/04) does in fact exist. It climbs the face between Maid Marian on the right and Little John's Big Stick on the left. It climbs a line that is completely independent of either of these routes. Fun thin face moves with a 10d crux between the 4th and 5th bolts. After the 6th bolt, clip the first bolt on LJBS and continue to the anchor on LJBS or Maid Marian. 9 bolts in all.

    Note: the bolts on this climb are well to the right of the bolts that were removed from LJBS. LJBS could be climbed clipping these bolts, but you would probably need long runners and have to move out of the LJBS corner to make the clips.

    The worn cold shuts on the anchor were replaced today by Alan Nelson. Thanks, Alan!
    By Anonymous Coward
    Aug 20, 2004
    This cliff is a pile.
    By Greg Hand
    From: Golden, CO
    Aug 21, 2004
    So don't go there AC. I had not been there in several years and went there last week and it was very pleasant. Perfect temp and shade and friendly people. Did not see any egos with crowbars and sledgehammers.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Aug 26, 2004
    I don't go there. I just like to opine. I am a Boulderite.
    By Doug Redosh
    From: Golden, CO
    Jun 22, 2005
    Needs a topo of the area. Tyrolean is 200 yds upstream of parking. How often is the rope changed here? Nice area in the shade.
    By Byron Murray
    Jul 24, 2005
    Rope on tyrolean replaced 7/23/05 by Melissa, Malte, and Byron
    By Stefan Griebel
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jul 25, 2005
    Cool! Thanks Byron, Malte and Melissa. You guys Rock!!!
    By david goldstein
    Jul 28, 2006
    I agree with the dyspeptic AC about this cliff being a pile: with the exception of Men in Tights and Robbin' the Hood (which is actually quite good) the routes here tended to be compromised by squeezing (oops, I'm on another route) or contrivance (is this hold on?).
    By Tom T
    Sep 13, 2007
    The Tyrolean across the creek is in bad shape. Both ropes have exposed cores and the cores are about 50% deteriorated. It needs new rope.
    By Buster Jesik
    From: Allenspark, CO
    Jun 8, 2008
    A week ago the tyrol was in bad shape ... today it had two new static ropes! Thanks to whomever fixed it up.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 23, 2009
    Condition report
    On 5/23/09, Bruno Hache and I finished work on the new tyrolean. The old tyrolean came down over the winter when part of the road-side boulder that the tyrolean was attached to fell off into the creek. There are now two static ropes on the tyrolean, and a hand-line/foot-loop to help getting back on the road-side boulder.

    You can park at the Happy Hour pullout and walk upstream, or park at the Bihedral pullout and walk downstream, to get to the tyrolean. It's attached to a huge flat boulder on the road side, and a big tree on the far side.

    This tyrolean can also be used to access Witches' Tower and Garden Party Wall. From the tyrolean, take a path to the left to get to Witches' Tower. Continue up and right to get to Sherwood Forest. Farther up and right is Garden Party Wall.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Aug 7, 2011
    Nice summer destination. Faces more northward than Witches tower and stays shady and cool until 3-4 PM or so, depending on the climb.
    By TomJensen
    From: Spring City, Pennsylvania
    Jun 4, 2012
    I had such a great time at this crag last Saturday! The routes were fun, the setting was incredible, and the friction was awesome. I would certainly recommend the area. Started early 7-ish and had the place to ourselves for 4 hours. Men in Tights was especially fun and a tough one to figure out. I think Boulder climbers are spoiled by the magnificent options they have. Up in in Fort Fun were pretty limited in choices for roping up ---- So, appreciate the wealth and don't gripe! It can always be worse or more crowded!
    By Jacqueline Niles
    Jul 30, 2017
    Hey folks! Public safety announcement;

    One of the two ropes making up the tyrolean was observed to be pretty severely damaged (as of 07.30.17).

    A foot long section of sheath has been completely stripped....

    I have a few old ropes on hand if anyone would like to run up there and fix it up with me.

    Until it is made safe, please be sure to clip both lines when crossing the river.

    Happy climbing!

    By Rich Farnham
    Aug 3, 2017
    The tyrol line that "J. Niles" warns about above has been replaced (8/1/17).

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