North Shore: Button Rock Boulders
Down the hill,
west of Lion's Den and Antelope Ridge, the Button Rock Boulders offers steep
granite as sharp as Joshua Tree. The best boulder so far probably is South
Beach. Although it can be hot in summer and there's rattlesnakes, the BRB
makes for a great day of fresh granite and those Collin Lantz areas are
just a short hike up the hill. A half dozen rocks have been unearthed so
far with potential for more.
|Button Rock Boulders overview
20 or 25 minutes
The trailhead for the
Button Rock Boulders is 6.5 miles from Lyons, Colorado.
From the town of Lyons, which is north of Boulder 15 miles on Highway
right at the junction of Highways 36 and 7 heading towards Estes Park.
miles, turn left at the Shelly Cottages sign onto the Longmont Dam road
(County Road 80). Follow the dirt road to its gated dead end and park.
through the gate and walk up the dirt road, past the River Wall climbs
spillway falls from the Longmont Reservoir, for about 15 minutes. On the
just after a crisscross wood fence is the Sleepy Lion trailhead. Hike
Sleepy Lion trail for about 60 feet then drop down left into a draw along
obscure trail. Hike up the draw past the old saddle next to a rock and
until you run into the 'old' Sleepy Lion trail. Go left (east) along the
trail for a
few minutes until the rocks start to appear on the right.
|The South Beach Boulder
Shore Boulder |
Good stone. Varied
positioning. Easy approach.
Solitude location. Small Sport Crag nearby.
Fresh granite with potential for more exploration.
You have to hike a
little bit. Not enough problems
yet. It can be very hot in summer. Rattlesnakes.
Some problems are still dirty.