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The Wave Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,401'
Location: 39.98934, -105.29047 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: David Tennant on May 14, 2016


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  • Description 

    The Wave Boulder is a long boulder (~40 feet) which resembles its name and has a range of problems from quite easy to quite difficult, increasing with difficulty the further right you go along the boulder.

    Most of the landings are quite safe and flat but are also on the trail which heads up The BBC Boulder. So be considerate with passing hikers and other climbers who may need to pass.

    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 (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. You've arrived.

    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 access to the base of the Second Flatiron is taking the trail to your right. If you find yourself at the base of the Second Flatiron, you passed it, turn back around and you'll most definitely see it going back.

    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

    9 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Wave Boulder

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wave Boulder:
    The Wave Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 60'   
    Making Waves   V4 6B     Boulder   
    Catching Waves   V6 7A     Boulder   
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    Featured Route For The Wave Boulder
    Rock Climbing Photo: Low Frequency.

    Low Frequency V0 4  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : The Wave Boulder
    Pass the Sputnik Boulder like you are going up to the main area for the Lower Satellites and the Third Flatiron. Do a big S-turn past some other boulders and you will come to a fork in the trail. Go left towards the main Satellites area and the huge wall immediately on your left is The Wave.Low Frequency ascends the left side of The Wave's massive west face a few feet right of an obvious low angle crack that goes to the top. Go up the slab to a couple holds below the bulging topout and pull up a...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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