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The Freight Train Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Mark Roth on Apr 23, 2011
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  • Description 

    This is a big south-facing granite boulder up by the western end of the park, and, you guessed it, it kind of looks like a train car. Also, it is close enough to the tracks to justify its name, but luckily it is within Eldorado Canyon State Park. Logically, this area should be organized with the other granite areas nearby, but they all seem to suffer from various access issues. The areas near Gross Reservoir are closed for security reasons, and the stuff near Walker Ranch is Boulder Open Space which doesn't allow off trail hiking....

    This great boulder has about 20 fun problems with pretty flat landings in a beautiful, remote setting. The only drawback is the odyssey required to reach this solitary boulder. If there is not enough here for your day, you could always check out the bouldering @ Golden Gate State Park or even stop off on Flagstaff (if you drive that way).

    Getting There 

    The boulder is a short hike from the Crescent Meadow trail head on Gross Damn Road. There are a few ways to get here including: driving over Flagstaff, hiking up from the lower canyon, or even by bike (it's a short ride off of the Walker Ranch loop).

    I'll just describe the easiest and fastest way:

    • South on CO 93 from Boulder (because that's where all boulderers live)
    • Zero your odometer @ the intersection of Coal Creek Canyon (CO 72) and CO Hwy 93. Drive west up the canyon for 7.5 miles.
    • Turn right on Crescent Park Drive (liquor store on the left). Follow this for 1 mile around an S turn.
    • At the T, turn right onto Gross Damn Road (dirt).
    • After you cross the RR Tracks, look for the parking lot on the right. This is technically in the park, but you don't require a park pass....

    Approach from trail head (about 10 minutes):

    This differs from directions on other sites....

    Walk North toward the Walker Ranch loop and take a right. As you head East, an old road forks off to the right. Follow this across the meadow as it contours around the hill until you are heading South toward the tracks. This road parallels the road you can see on the hillside, but stays 100 yards downhill from it. There is a cairn on the right where you leave this road. At this point, you are directly East of the boulder and can see it.... I have tried all possible approaches, and although this SEEMS farther, it was by far the fastest and easiest way. And even better, it avoids fragile environments and private property. Thanks to Mike McHugh for showing the way....
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    This is the recommended approach route. Please use this old dirt road to minimize impacts to the meadow....

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    Classic Climbing Routes in The Freight Train Boulder

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Freight Train Boulder:
    The Classic Warmup   V1- 5-     Boulder   
    Get In My Belly!   V2 5+     Boulder   
    Highball/Mini-Cliff Standard    V2-3 5+     Boulder   
    Prancing Cow Direct    V3- 6A     Boulder, 8'   
    The Buddha Belly   V3 6A     Boulder   
    Prancing Cow Right   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 12'   
    Chubby Bunny   V7 7A+     Boulder   
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    By Mark Roth
    From: Boulder
    May 11, 2011
    I seriously doubt there will be much increase in traffic here because of Mt. Project. It's not like this is a secret boulder. If people follow the directions I posted, impact to the area will be far less than what is occurring now (people aimlessly trampling across that meadow).
    By kevin murphy
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    May 12, 2011
    Is this a points thing!
    By JDro
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 12, 2011
    Mmmm... points.
    By JDro
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 12, 2011
    Do I get a point for that?
    By kevin murphy
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    May 13, 2011
    Yes, you do! You now have 1 point. Mark is winning, but at what cost?
    By JDro
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 13, 2011
    Oh Murphy! Stop trying to make trouble. Next thing you know everybody's pal Pat is going to get in on it.
    By kevin murphy
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    May 13, 2011
    I will not stop till all Droeger lands are preserved for future generations, not the selfish few. Think about the children, Jay. C'mon coach, work with me. (I sit at a computer all day, so keep it coming.)
    By Dustin B
    From: Steamboat
    May 17, 2011
    Untrammeled? Obviously you haven't seen the base area of the boulder. Trammeled. Tick marks and chalk all over the boulder and chalk spilled all over the ground. Serene? Yeah, it's pretty quiet until the trains pass by 80 yards away with regularity.

    This area was posted on another website:, that's how I found it.
    By MAKB
    From: Potrero Chico, MEX
    May 19, 2011
    Is this on private property? I thought that's why it was a less climbed area and not posted.
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    May 19, 2011
    No, this is not private property. Mark talked to the rangers at Eldorado to make sure it was in the park. Read his description of the area.
    By patrick wild
    May 20, 2011

    Chew-Chew is the stand start to ChubbyBunny. What's described here as Chew-Chew was called Highball, another train reference, aka Mini-cliff Standard. The description is all whack as well, note that is says start right of crystal dike but then describes the holds on Chubby Bunny which is left of the dike....
    By Helldorado
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 3, 2011
    "Untrammeled? Obviously you haven't seen the base area of the boulder. Trammeled. Tick marks and chalk all over the boulder and chalk spilled all over the ground."

    Fucking better not be. Clean it up.
    By JDro
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 10, 2011
    UPDATE: went to the Freight Train this am before it got too hot, and it was perfect. Untrampled wildflowers at the base, no tick marks or spilt chalk. There weren't even any taxers there, spraying beta or collecting my hard earned $ to fund access roads, state parks, libraries, schools, or any other sort of public welfare.

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