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The Bubble Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,560'
Location: 39.9726, -105.2888 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ted Lanzano on Dec 12, 2003


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  • Description 

    The Bubble is a large boulder located in a gully north of Bear Creek. It is home to Hot Spit and Cold Sweat, both of which are on the east side. The crag offers great climbing on short and powerful routes in an isolated area of Dinosaur Mountain.

    Getting There 

    Two hiking routes can lead you to the Bubble, both of which are approximately the same distance. The first hike begins at the Bear Canyon trailhead and ascends to the Mesa Trail. Take the Mesa Trail east (about _ mile heading upwards) to the Bear Canyon turnoff and then head west (another _ mile) to the rock Stonehenge, home of Thought Control, the Fiend, and others. From Stonehenge, go north up a gully for about 100 meters and it will be on the east side, just past Sneak Preview. The second hike begins at NCAR and ascends the Mallory Cave trail up to the climbers' trail (near Der Zerkle) to the Drugs/Power Bulge area. From this alcove, descend the gully heading south and the Bubble is about half way down (~100 yards) to the base of the canyon.(See also directions to Stonehenge and other Dinosaur Mtn. crags).

    Climbing Season

    For the Central area.

    Weather station 2.7 miles from here

    3 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Bubble

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bubble:
    Hot Spit   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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    Featured Route For The Bubble
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Gunter approaching the crux.

    Hot Spit 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : The Bubble
    Although short with only three bolts, Hot Spit is a hidden gem in the Flatirons. The overhung route starts with large huecos and gradually gets harder, ending with a challenging crux near the top. Beautiful holds line entire route, especially the crimps at the crux. Visiting Hot Spit is a great way to finish off a day of climbing at the nearby Overhang Wall or in the Dinosaur Mountain area. Hot Spit is located on the west side of the Bubble. The route is about a 5-10 minute walk down from t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Rui Ferreira
    From: Longmont, CO
    Apr 28, 2017
    Emergency Raptor Closure of Der Freischutz and surrounding formations:

    OSMP is enacting a closure to protect cliff nesting raptors at Der Freischutz on Dinosaur Mountain — please see the attached map. The closure includes the BUBBLE and the Dinosaur Eggs formations.

    On Wednesday of this week, OSMP staff and volunteers observed that the prairie falcon pair that typically occupies Bear Creek Spire had relocated to the Der Freischutz formation.

    The pair’s timing is in the ballpark that if they succeed and fledge young, the formation will open with other closures on or about July 31st.

    As a result of the move, OSMP is lifting the closure for Bear Creek Spire.

    Those approaching Overhang Rock from Mallory Cave trail will need to approach from Bear Creek Spire going forward or until Bear Canyon trail is reopened.

    Rock Climbing Photo: closure area
    closure area
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 15, 2004
    The easiest way to get to the Bubble is from the Bear Canyon trail. Pass left (west) of Stonehenge and go over a little saddle north of Stonehenge and the Bubble will be right in front of you. This is only 3 minutes from the trail if the best route is taken (do not leave the Bear Canyon Trail until it crosses the creek).

    The back side of The Bubble is steep but pretty easy to solo up. There are some trees close to this face which make the ascent easier, if you consider stepping on branches fair game.

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