Cracked Canyon Rock Climbing
The view from Cracked Canyon....
Cracked Canyon is the place to go for a high concentration of quality routes. There is a good selection of routes in the 5.6 to 5.11 range. Out of the 80 routes in the canyon, there are classic routes at every grade. Pirouette 5.7, Chewbacca 5.8, Summertime 5.9+, Orange Peel 5.10, Javelin 5.11... Most of the routes are around 80ft long. Pick up a copy of Telluride Rocks at a local climbing shop for route descriptions and maps.
Park 100 yards past the Post Office and find a climbers trail that leads to the talus. Follow the talus up the steep slope towards the obvious canyon to the right of the main wall. Be careful on the loose rock in the canyon, it is probably best to leave Spot at home.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
38 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cracked Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cracked Canyon:
Pirouette 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Chewbacca 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Free Box 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Air Arete 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
X TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Orange Peel 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Javelin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Cello 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Tick Fever 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Cracked Canyon
Superfresh 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c CO
: Telluride/Norwood area
: ... : Cracked Canyon
In my opinion, this is the best climb in Cracked Canyon. This climb has it all, balance, technique, strength, and great gear. Follow up a beautiful, blank, right-facing dihedral (with the left side slightly overhanging). This route bounces around through the first 1/2, sometimes all on the face to the right, most of the time right in the dihedral. After the lower section is completed, break left (or go straight up for more style points) on a weakness in the dihedral. Stand on a great rest l...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon on the right in the ...
BETA PHOTO: West side of southen end of Cracked Canyon.
The wrong way to spend your time in Cracked Canyon...
Emily rappelling at Crack Canyon, 9-2009.
Wishing for a breeze in the C.C.!
By Victor McConnell
Oct 20, 2007
One of Colorado's hidden gems for sure - both the Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon....
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 12, 2010
There has been significant rock-fall relatively recently where It Gets Harder, Johnny Be Good, Power Lounger, and Susan's Arete are/used to be. A 30' column has exfoliated from the wall negating some or all of the above routes. The rock-fall appears to have happened within the past few years as there is still dead brush among the debris. I noticed this yesterday while approaching Superfresh during my first visit to the area. This event is very concerning since it would have proven fatal for anyone in the area while the rock fall occurred. Please be aware of this when in the area as part of the column still stands and could be unstable, especially the freeze/thaw months.
From: Cañon City, CO
May 19, 2014
There have been terrible accidents in cracked canyon involving rockfall. One of which severed a lady's leg above the knee! Be very cautious of people above you (and below) in the canyon and on the rim of the canyon. It would be an absolute nightmare to try to evacuate a person to the road below. Climb safely in this amazing place.
Aug 4, 2014
CAUTION: Dangerous rockfall from above occurred directly across from Pirouette on 8/3/14 at approx. 1pm, unknown cause. Long winter, wet weather, fatter than usual chipmunks, who knows. Small to engine-size blocks shot off the cliff wall hitting the gully and opposite side for 10 seconds. Thankfully no one was hurt. Either a direct hit or rock shrapnel sliced through 70% of a rope hanging on Algebra.