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Elevation: 934 ft
GPS: 38.91522, -121.01422
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jan 20, 2003 · Updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurk Er, Ky Bishop, Colby Wangler, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Warning Access Issue: The State Rec Area closes at dusk - most parking areas are self-paid DetailsDrop down

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Horseshoe Canyon currently contains some of the tougher climbing in the Auburn Cliffs area, with routes up to 5.12c. This area is still very much under development, with new routes going up every once in a while.

The right side of Horseshoe Canyon itself is over 200 feet in height, though most of the current routes don't go any further than 75.

All existing routes in Horseshoe Canyon are bolted, though one climb should definitely be backed up with protection, as the bolts are not good.

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Estimated apporach time from the parking lot: 21 minutes.

From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, head past the Memorial Wall and Scale wall into the first canyon on the left. This is horseshoe Canyon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horseshoe Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 132
Comfortably Dumb
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 193
Uncomfortably Dumb
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 118
Vacavillain
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 39
Phantom of the Opera
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 62
Human Oddity
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 29
Animal Style
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Comfortably Dumb
 132
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Uncomfortably Dumb
 193
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Vacavillain
 118
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Phantom of the Opera
 39
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Human Oddity
 62
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Animal Style
 29
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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