The Best Climbing Spots in Boulder
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year and scenic views that stretch on for miles, it’s no surprise that Boulder is home to the best climbing in the west. With thousands of trails to choose from, there’s a hike or climb suited for all adventure seekers. Grab your La Sportiva climbing shoes and Arcteryx harness and get ready to challenge yourself to new climbs. We’ve narrowed the possibilities down to a few of our favorites we think you’ll enjoy.
Climb the same mountains you wake up to every morning at Peloton West. With nearly 1,000 routes ranging from 5.0 to 5.14, the Flatirons feature classic multi-pitch traditional routes and limited sport, as well as options for bouldering and free-soloing for the more experienced climbers. No matter what your experience level may be, the Flatirons have miles of terrain for everyone to enjoy.
This popular climbing destination is divided into two parts: Lower Boulder Canyon and Upper Boulder Canyon. The lower cliff features beginner to intermediate routes, while the upper cliff hosts more advanced routes that require climbing gear and ropes. At the end of Canyon Boulevard, Boulder Canyon leads to over a ten mile stretch of road with granite playgrounds and crags to climb.
North Table Mountain
North Table Mountain is a local favorite climbing spot due to its easy access, good bolts and a beautiful view over the city. With over 300 established routes, ranging from 5.2 to 5.12, there’s plenty of routes for everyone. However, we recommend checking out this popular spot during the week, as it is usually crowded on the weekends. Among the locals, North Table is a very popular spot for rattlesnakes. Always make sure to watch where you’re walking and contact the local ranger if there is a problem.
Clear Creek Canyon
If you’re an advanced boulderer looking for a challenge, check out Clear Canyon Creek for your next climb. The canyon is about 12 miles long with over 700 routes, most of which are over 5.10. The Red Slab and The Dog House are great for winter climbs, while the raging river is great for a dip in the summer heat.
If you’re limited on time or are a beginner boulderer, Mount Sanitas is the perfect place to start. You’ll often see locals jogging with their dogs and enjoying the views on Mount Sanitas. If you climb the southeast side of the Sanitas Trails, you’ll have sun exposure till dusk, making it a great place to relax and take in the beauty of Boulder.
If you want to learn the ropes from a pro, a guided bouldering tour is a great way to get started.
Whether you’re just getting started or have been climbing for years, Boulder has something for everyone. You can’t beat these views of Colorado, so why not give it a try. Get outside, have fun, and be safe! Head to The Mountain Project before you go to check out climbing conditions, routes, and crags.