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Elevation: 5,671 ft 1,729 m
GPS: 38.57701, -107.73207
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Wallace Hansen: "Several western canyons exceed the Black Canyon in overall size.... some are longer, some are deeper, some are narrower, and a few have walls as steep. But no other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison."

Getting There Suggest change

The Black Canyon of Gunninson is located approximately 250 miles SW of Denver.

South Rim: 15 miles east of Montrose, via U.S. Hwy 50 and CO Hwy 347.

North Rim: 11 miles south of Crawford, via CO Hwy 92 and North Rim Road (closed in winter).

Permits

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Per Black Canyon Ranger: in 2003, permits are required to climb. They are free.

The Flakes Area Unstable Rock

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Note that in 2018, a large feature 250-300 feet tall and probably 40 feet wide on average in the area of The Flakes moved substantially. There is a risk for massive rockfall!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 247
Escape Artist
Trad 7 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 160
Journey Home
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 274
Comic Relief
Trad 8 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 118
Checkerboard Wall
Trad 5 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 65
The Cruise
Trad 12 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 55
Cloaked Interpretation
Trad 8 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 272
The Scenic Cruise
Trad 13 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 33
Comic 2.0
Trad 8 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 43
Atlantis
Trad 16 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 87
Lightning Bolt Crack
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 31
Happy Ending
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 94
Astro Dog
Trad 14 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 38
Stoned Oven
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5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 36
Tague Yer Time
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5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
 8
The Free Hallucinogen Wall
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Escape Artist N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 247
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
Journey Home N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 160
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Comic Relief N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 274
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Checkerboard Wall N Rim Routes > Checkerboard Wall
 118
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
The Cruise N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 65
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 12 pitches
Cloaked Interpretation N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 55
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 8 pitches
The Scenic Cruise N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 272
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 13 pitches
Comic 2.0 N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 33
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 8 pitches
Atlantis N Rim Routes > Prisoner of Your Hair…
 43
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 16 pitches
Lightning Bolt Crack N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 87
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Happy Ending N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 31
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Astro Dog S Rim Routes
 94
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 14 pitches
Stoned Oven N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 38
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 13 pitches
Tague Yer Time S Rim Routes
 36
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 15 pitches
The Free Hallucinogen Wall N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 8
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R Trad 12 pitches
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