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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 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Pirouette 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Dog Leg 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Crack of Mind 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Chewbacca 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Attica 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Summertime 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Free Box 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Air Arete 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b X TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Orange Peel 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Javelin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Cello 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Tick Fever 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Where Eagles Dare 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
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Cello 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Cracked Canyon
This route shares the bolt anchors with the Javelin, 5.11a, which is a beautiful splitter hand crack in an overhanging wall. Cello follows a left-facing corner system to the left of the Javelin, which is about 75 feet from the mouth of canyon on the left wall.The crux start is quite overhanging, and is climbed with a mixture of sidepulls, underclings, and jams. Fiddling in good gear at the start is tough, so get an idea of the pieces you will need before you start out....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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