Elevation: 5,671 ft
GPS: 38.57701, -107.73207
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Shared By: Steve Levin on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

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

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

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

The Flakes Area Unstable Rock

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.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 308
The Maiden Voyage aka The Red Di…
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 94
Casually Off-Route
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 108
Russian Arete
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 228
Escape Artist
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 121
King Me
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 157
Journey Home
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 260
Comic Relief
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 108
Checkerboard Wall
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 61
The Cruise
Trad 12 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 75
Cloak & Dagger
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 52
Cloaked Interpretation
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 263
The Scenic Cruise
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 151
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Trad 6 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 82
Lightning Bolt Crack
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 88
Astro Dog
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Maiden Voyage aka The R… N Rim Routes > Checkerboard Wall
 308
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Casually Off-Route N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 94
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 8 pitches
Russian Arete N Rim Routes > Aretes
 108
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Escape Artist N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 228
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
King Me N Rim Routes > Checkerboard Wall
 121
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Journey Home N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 157
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Comic Relief N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 260
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Checkerboard Wall N Rim Routes > Checkerboard Wall
 108
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
The Cruise N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 61
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 12 pitches
Cloak & Dagger N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 75
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 6 pitches
Cloaked Interpretation N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 52
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 8 pitches
The Scenic Cruise N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 263
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 13 pitches
A Midsummer Night's Dream N Rim Routes > N Chasm View Wall
 151
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 6 pitches
Lightning Bolt Crack N Rim Routes > SOB Gully (skier's le…
 82
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Astro Dog S Rim Routes
 88
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 14 pitches
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