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5.10 Corner T 
Ansaid Tower T 
Binou's Crack T 
Chocolate Corner T 
Crack Just to Left of Drainpipe, The T 
Dos Hermanos T 
Drainpipe T 
Elephant Man T 
Fuel Injected Hardbody T 
Generic Crack T 
Half Man, Half Alligator Shark T 
Let 'er Buck S 
Mr. Peanut T 
Naked and Dead, The T 
Naked and the Dead Variation T 
Ocean Negro T 
Owl Crack T 
Rainbow Sign T 
Sister Skywalker T 
Sleeve of Wizard T 
Thing, The T 
Twitterpated T 
Unknown T 
Unknown 5.10+ T 
Unknown AKA Reclamation T 
Unknown Pod Climb. T 

Donnelly Canyon Rock Climbing 

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As you stand in the major parking area wondering if you'll be able to find a warm-up with no parties camped on it at the Super Crack, Donnelly, Battle of the Bulge cluster, look northwest. You can't miss seeing the well-traveled splitter Generic Crack. This is the most prominent feature on the Donnelly Canyon wall. Donnelly Canyon is home to several moderate climbs and consequently, hordes of gumbies. However, this is Indian Creek and there are several good lines on this wall.

Another lesser know attraction of Donnelly Canyon is its acoustics. After a day of posing at either Super Crack Buttress or DC, you may find yourself enjoying a beer in the parking lot while you spray. When you shut-up long enough to belch, be sure to aim in the direction of Generic Crack. If you have any talent at all, then your mating call will be well amplified as it echoes and resonates out of the canyon. To witness this awe-inspiring feat alone is worth the drive to the Creek.

Getting There 

Look for the major parking lot on the right about 4 miles or so past Newspaper Rock. The wall for Donnelly is the one on the west that is more or less perpendicular to the road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.3 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Donnelly Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Donnelly Canyon:
Binou's Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Generic Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad   
Chocolate Corner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Thing   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
5.10 Corner   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 80'   
Elephant Man   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Owl Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Naked and Dead   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad   
The Crack Just to Left of Drainpipe   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   
Unknown 5.10+   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mr. Peanut   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Unknown Pod Climb.   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
JARNI ZVRAT-KY   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Naked and the Dead Variation   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 40'   
Twitterpated   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 70'   
Fuel Injected Hardbody   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dos Hermanos   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad   
Let 'er Buck   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   
Ocean Negro   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Half Man, Half Alligator Shark   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, 80'   
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By Alexander Nees
From: Grand Junction, CO
Feb 6, 2012
Can anyone provide information about the good-looking tight-hands (?) crack that is a bit left of Binou's Crack? It's in the back of a tight flare and ends under a roof. Maybe 80', with a modern-looking chain anchor?

EDIT: thanks for the info Devin. Maybe I'll get a chance to do this one soon; I'll post it up here if I do.
By slim
Apr 2, 2012
yeah, i seem to remember thinking 10c or so.
By Alex Haeger
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 3, 2015
I was in the creek for the first time last weekend and was unsure about where the Donnelly Canyon cliffs start based on descriptions here and in the guidebook. After running into a second group in the same predicament, I figured it would be good to post here some more info. The Donnelly Canyon cliff line can be seen from the parking lot it shares with supercrack. From the parking lot, take the trail on the left, opposite of the toilets, and work your way to the cliffs that start right away on the left. Generic Crack is the first giant semi-worn splitter you see. Don't hike way back into the canyon unless you're looking for some obscure lines!

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