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Stardust Boulder Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.98924, -105.29074 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Stardust Boulder is a small boulder and is know for the classic Aerogel, V5.

    This boulder has a large and flat landing, out of the way of the trail.

    Problems follow specific beta and per Cesar Valentia:

    "1.) If you just follow the arete all the way up to the horn (not coming down into any of the the other holds JUST the arete), it's a V1.
    2.) If you do the problem correctly going to the big sloper then straight up to the horn (not using the crimp out right), it's a V3.
    3.) If you do the problem correctly going to the big sloper then out with the right hand to the crimp then move with the left hand to the horn, it's a V5. "

    Getting There 

    There are two main options to getting to the Satellites, both of which start at the Chautauqua Trailhead. Park there or along Baseline Road, and start up the wide Chautauqua Trail. Take the trail into the treeline, over a small wooden bridge, past a large boulder, and then to the next intersection of trails (it intersects the Bluebell Baird Trail). From here, you have two options:

    Option 1: most direct, more crowds, and more strenuous. Take the 1st/2nd Flatiron trail which is the trail that goes uphill immediately at a diagonal left at the intersection (not the leftmost, the center-left option is the one you want). Take this uphill and stay left at the next fork. This will spit you out at the base of the Second Flatiron.

    From here follow the trail heading east away from the Second Flatiron. You'll see The Wave Boulder on your right with a trail going uphill. Follow the trail uphill and The Stardust Boulder will be on your right.

    Option 2: less direct, less crowds, and less strenuous. Take a left (the leftmost option) onto the Bluebell Baird Trail. From here, stay right at every trail intersection. This will take you past the Bluebell Shelter on your left and take you across a wooden walk bridge. The last intersection is for the Royal Arch Trail, which again take the trail to the right. This will take you up a switchback, across a small boulderfield, and then the first boulder you'll arrive to is the Sputnik Boulder.

    From here, continue along the trail which goes behind the Sputnik Boulder, and then winds up to a trail intersection. The Wave Boulder is now immediately on your left, and the base of the Second Flatiron is taking the trail to your right. Take the trail uphill past The Wave Boulder and The Stardust Boulder will be on your right.

    There is a map on the main Satellites page with a trail map of both options and mileage.

    I personally take Option 2, 80% of the time, as it gives you a break from walking straight uphill the whole time, and you get to get off the main trail that all the tourists are on for a more peaceful experience.

    Climbing Season

    For the Satellite Boulders area.

    Weather station 2.3 miles from here

    2 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Stardust Boulder

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stardust Boulder:
    Aerogel   V5 6C     Boulder   
    The Hard Traverse   V5 6C R     Boulder   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Jay making the big reach.

    Aerogel V5 6C  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Stardust Boulder
    Right after a huge, long boulder along the left trail at the base of the Second Flatiron is the Stardust Boulder. Just to the right of the trail is the boulder. Aerogel starts low and traverses left to a sloping rail. Pull straight up to a crimp then the top. Unlike some other problems around Boulder, the landing on this one is great. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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