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The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders ) Rock Climbing 


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The Starting Blocks. Photo by: Frosty Weller.

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  • Description 

    Without a doubt this is the highest concentration of hard boulder problems in Eldorado Canyon. There are a dozen or more beautifully formed boulders scattered throughout the ridges to the south of Eldorado Canyon Trail. The setting is peaceful and blissfully quiet (let's keep it that way, please leave the music at home!).

    Eds. These may have been called The Pony Kegs.

    Getting There 

    It is best to go with someone who knows the area well. The approach is described in Colorado Bouldering 2 by Benningfield and Samet. The boulders are scattered on the ridges to the south of the Eldorado Canyon Trail after you pass the Rincon cutoff and the trail levels out. A couple of the boulder are visible on the ridge lines but most are hidden in the trees. It is very easy to walk right past a classic boulder and not even see it because of the contour of the land and the junipers.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 0.6 miles from here

    10 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['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',1],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',3],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders )

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders ):
    Southern Prow   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   The East Egg
    Eggman   V3 6A     Boulder, 18'   The East Egg
    The Walrus   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   The East Egg
    Sei   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Whale Boulder
    Elegant Universe Stand   V9 7C     Boulder, 10'   Lost Boulder
    Elegant Universe SDS   V10 7C+     Boulder, 15'   Lost Boulder
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders )

    Featured Route For The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders )
    Rock Climbing Photo: Crossing through to set up for the dyno.

    Elegant Universe SDS V10 7C+  Colorado : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Lost Boulder
    Start matched on underclings low on the wall, and make hard moves up and left, working your way to matching on crimp rail for a big, left-hand dyno. Do some powerful slaps, and dyno with some good, techy foot work to get set up on the crimp rail. Classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders ) Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Identity Theft, V6/7, Identity Boulder, Eldorado W...
    Identity Theft, V6/7, Identity Boulder, Eldorado W...
    Rock Climbing Photo: East Egg - Shaun Weller on West Face Traverse (V0)...
    East Egg - Shaun Weller on West Face Traverse (V0)...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Matt having at Elegant Universe.
    Matt having at Elegant Universe.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Starting Blocks. Photo by: Frosty Weller.
    The Starting Blocks. Photo by: Frosty Weller.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Paradigm Shift, V6. Hard to Find, harder to ascend...
    Paradigm Shift, V6. Hard to Find, harder to ascend...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dissociation of Personality (V7ish).
    Dissociation of Personality (V7ish).
    Rock Climbing Photo: Invertebrate Learning (V5).
    Invertebrate Learning (V5).
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sei, Whale Boulder, Eldo.
    Sei, Whale Boulder, Eldo.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Project, Metaphysicals, Eldo.
    Project, Metaphysicals, Eldo.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Inquiry, Metaphysical Boulders, Eldorado.
    The Inquiry, Metaphysical Boulders, Eldorado.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Project, Lower Meta-Musicals, Eldo.
    Project, Lower Meta-Musicals, Eldo.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out the V6/7 on the Overlook Boulder, The ...
    Topping out the V6/7 on the Overlook Boulder, The ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: From across the canyon....
    From across the canyon....
    Rock Climbing Photo: BH on FA of Skyeye Arete, Lower Sobo, Eldorado Wes...
    BH on FA of Skyeye Arete, Lower Sobo, Eldorado Wes...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Ted Lanzano almost getting the dyno on Elegant Uni...
    Ted Lanzano almost getting the dyno on Elegant Uni...

    Comments on The Musical Boulders (aka- Eldorado Canyon Trail Boulders ) Add Comment
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    By Flash Gordon
    Dec 27, 2009
    I added some photos. Should this not be changed to just the Eldo Canyon Trail Boulders since there are more than just the Musicals here? Let the adventures begin!
    By Ivo Penchev
    Apr 20, 2011
    Ivo Penchev - Elegant Universe V11, Eldorado Canyon CO.
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    By bhoran
    From: Boulder, CO
    Feb 4, 2013
    I named these the musical boulders way back in the '70s listening to a song by Peter Gabriel (Genesis) called the "Musical Box". I was on a bouldering roll, sent a load of problems, 5.13 style, and the song played in my head, before Walkman, before iPod, and so I named them the "Musical Boulders" way back when.
    By Jeremy Jacobsen
    May 17, 2015
    Bummer. A big "no trespassing" sign is now blocking the bouldering trail to this area. So much for my Eldo bouldering projects on the Lost Boulder. Since when was this private land? No infrastructure, buildings, or arable land. Where's the owner?
    By A-Train
    May 17, 2015
    "Since when was this private land? No infrastructure, buildings, or arable land. Where's the owner?" Sorry, amigo, but none of these questions matter. It is private land, and the owner says you can't be on it. Done deal.
    By D B
    From: Denver
    Dec 21, 2015
    Anyone been up here recently? Is the Lost Boulder definitely closed?
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Feb 4, 2017
    It seems like the Lost Boulders are closed, while the Pony Keg and Ron's Keg are still open....

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