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Just Southwest of Penitente Canyon lies Witches' Canyon, named for a rock outcropping that looks like a giant eye. The cliffs tend to be short, but excellent routes abound. A few routes sit near the mouth of the canyon, but most are located just beyond the end of the road.

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Credit to Bob D'Antonio's guide to the San Luis Valley, 1994.

At the Penitente turnoff, zero you odometer and head South on the main road. At 0.6+ miles look for a road heading due West with a sign marked Witches' Canyon. Like the other areas down there...hard to miss now-a-days.

Per Mike Cherneski: they gated off the old road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Witches' Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 14
Everyman’s Tower (submitted as U…
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 20
Dashboard Variation
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 28
Drugs Are Nice
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Razor Hueco Arete - aka Razor Bl…
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Evil Barbecue
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Woof
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Squidbelly Phlegmfoot
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 17
Jesus Dashboard aka Dashboard Saint
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Gunks Pump
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Drug Test
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Show Her Your Stem
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 20
Lunge for Jesus
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Witches Eye aka Witching Hour?
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
La Bruja
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 9
Weave Your Spell
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Everyman’s Tower (submitted… Canyon Rd Cliffs
 14
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Dashboard Variation Canyon Rd Cliffs
 20
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Drugs Are Nice Main Canyon
 28
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Razor Hueco Arete - aka Raz… Main Canyon
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Evil Barbecue Canyon Rd Cliffs
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Woof Main Canyon
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Squidbelly Phlegmfoot Canyon Rd Cliffs
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Jesus Dashboard aka Dashboa… Canyon Rd Cliffs
 17
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Gunks Pump Main Canyon
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Drug Test Main Canyon
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Show Her Your Stem Main Canyon
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Lunge for Jesus Canyon Rd Cliffs
 20
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Witches Eye aka Witching Hour? Main Canyon
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
La Bruja Main Canyon
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Weave Your Spell Main Canyon
 9
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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