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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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cracked Canyon:
Easy Money 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Pirouette 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Dog Leg 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Chewbacca 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Crack of Mind 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Attica 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Summertime 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Free Box 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Orange Peel 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'
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'
Where Eagles Dare 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
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Orange Peel 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Cracked Canyon
This is the most popular (along with Chewbacca) climb in Cracked Canyon - and for good reason. Look for an eye-catching hand and finger crack on the left hand side of the canyon a few hundred feet up from the mouth of the canyon. It is just uphill from Tobacco Road and directly across from Chewbacca. Start up steep jugs and crack with rests in between many of the harder moves. At an obvious point about 50 feet up, the jugs and good feet run out and you are ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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