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Description 

This area is most popular for the bouldering. It is close to town and right off the road. There are boulders scattered all over with problems of varying difficulties. For these reasons the Bouldering area is quite popular and often crowded. In contrast, the Turtle Lake Cliffs seem to be seldom visited. They are located right above the Bouldering area and contain a selection of routes from face to crack, and bolted to gear.

Getting There 

From Durango, drive west on 25th Street (Junction Creek Road). When the road forks go right (CR 205), pass Chapman Lake on the right side of road and park in a pullout when the Bouldering area is visable. Park in the same place to approach the Cliffs.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.1 miles from here

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',18],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',5],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Turtle Lake:
Yellow Jacket   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Bouldering : Roadside Boulder
A Brief History   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   Bouldering : West Block
Bird Hole Right   V3 6A     Boulder, 16'   Bouldering : Big East Block
Pocket Pool   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Bouldering : Roadside Boulder
There's a Lesson Here   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Bouldering : Bear Boulder
Fade Away    V4 6B     Boulder   Bouldering : West Block
Center El Turtle (Dynamo Hum)   V6 7A     Boulder, 25'   Bouldering : West Block
The Fin (Stand)   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Bouldering : Big East Block
Beckoning The Call   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Bouldering : West Block
Coyote's Tooth   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Cliffs
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Featured Route For Turtle Lake
Ian Allison on Bird Hole Right. Photo By Jen Allison.

Bird Hole Right V3 6A  CO : Durango : ... : Big East Block
Start crouched on good rails move up right on crimps to right handed sloper, left hand in the bird hole then make long move up to jug....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Apr 27, 2008
Turtle Lake Bouldering area has just been cleaned-up. On April 26th 2008 climber picked up trash and for the first time this popular area received a full clean-up of chalk and rubber. It's amazing how much this has change the grip of the rock. Please help us keep it clean. Brush of the holds after you are done climbing. Thanks to all the came out to help!
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Aug 18, 2009
Durango Bouldering Guide in stores now. Check it out!
By Dylan Weldin
From: Austin, Texas
Dec 4, 2011
Warning: Beta video....
The best problem at Turtle Lake. Beanies were appropriate attire for THIS day of bouldering but not EVERY day of bouldering (please).

By Ben Coyle
From: durango co
Aug 30, 2012
I found a silver neckless with in loving memory Axel inscribed on the back and a picture of a young man on the front. send me a message if it's yours.
By PhunkieJunky
Jun 27, 2013
Hey, so I left a chalkbag and a blue biner clipped to a tree, in front of the roadside boulder, get in touch with me if you snagged it, Thanks.

not the boo-ya bag
By DES
From: Durango, CO
Sep 13, 2013
Someone lose a pair of climbing shoes recently (around 9/8/13)? Please respond to claim.