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Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Contortionist's Pleasure T,S 
Cruisin for Neo's T,TR 
El Barrio 
El Gallito S 
Gravel Pilot T,TR 
Magie Noire S 
Pinche Guey S 
Québec Connection T,S 
Stepping Stones T 
Turkey Neck Direct S,TR 
Unknown S 
Unknown Variation S 
Warlock Pinche S 
Warlock Pinchers S,TR 

Stepping Stones Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,632'
Location: 39.9871, -105.4384 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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  • Description 

    Stepping Stones is the crag at the west end of Nip and Tuck. It has a cobblestoned southwest face with one old route, also called Stepping Stones. The East Tower is inconspicuous, barely noticeable from the road, but harbors two nice routes on granite with great friction. El Barrio is a good bouldering area.

    L->R (best guess):

    A. Contortionist's Pleasure, 9, 1p, 30', bolts & gear.
    BA. Unknown, 9, 1p, 35', bolts.
    C. Unknown Variation, 10-, 1p, 35', bolts.
    D. Turkey Neck Direct, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
    E. El Gallito, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
    F1. Pinche Guey, 12, 1p, 45', bolts.
    F2. Magie Noire, 11, 1p, 40' bolts.
    GF. Warlock Pinchers, 12-, 1p, 42', bolts.
    H. Quebec Connection, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
    I. El Barrio, V8, pad.
    J. Stepping Stones, 7, 1p, 120', gear.
    K1. Cruisin' For Neo's, 10+, 1p, gear.
    K2. Gravel Pilot, 9 R, 1p, gear.
    L. Barney Rubble Pile?, 11, 1p, gear.
    M. How Would We Know?, 6 A2, 1p?, gear.

    Getting There 

    It's 10.5 miles from the start of the canyon, on the right side in the middle of a turn to the right. Parking is limited directly underneath, but there is parking further along. This picture is looking East.

    You can also park and Nip and Tuck and walk up the road to the guard rail, and cross the guard rail to get to the crag.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 3.3 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',3],['5.10',2],['5.11',4],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Stepping Stones

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stepping Stones:
    El Barrio   V8-9 7B+     Boulder   
    Magie Noire   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
    Pinche Guey   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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    Comments on Stepping Stones Add Comment
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    By Anonymous Coward
    Feb 28, 2002
    Anyone know anything about the bolted routes towards the northern end of this crag? They weren't great, but I'd still like to know ratings/names.
    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Sep 1, 2004
    Rossiter mentions a "stepping stones" path to the crag, implying that the crag is named after this path. If you cross the road about dead center in the photo above you will find a path to the crag with stones embedded in the ground. I thought the crag was named "Stepping Stones" due to its corrugated look.
    By Kevin Neilson
    From: Boulder
    Sep 25, 2008
    Nice area, albeit with a lot of road noise. A ridge to the west means that sunset comes early.
    By jparvis
    From: Lakewood
    Jun 6, 2012
    Rock is not as solid here compared to many other crags in Boulder Canyon. (I think this is why it forms the 'stepping stones' look.) Just be careful and check holds, even larger blocks. I pulled out a football-sized chunk low on Controtionist's/Unknown (won't change the route, though), and some nice boulders cushioned my fall. There was loose stuff at the top, too. The holds can seem solid, because all wedged in the rough granite grit, but sometimes it's just the gritty crystals and some mud keeping them in place.
    By Curt MacNeill
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 4, 2012
    Maybe come here when you have climbed out Boulder Canyon to death and have no new routes to climb. Thankfully I did every route on the wall, so I don't have to come back. Sorry, guys. It's just not that great of a crag....

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