Elevation: 9,824 ft
GPS: 37.861, -107.863 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Guy H. on Nov 27, 2005 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Cracked Canyon is the place to go for a high concentration of quality routes. There is a good selection of routes in the 5.6 to 5.11 range. Out of the 80 routes in the canyon, there are classic routes at every grade. Pirouette, 5.7; Chewbacca, 5.8; Summertime, 5.9+; Orange Peel, 5.10; Javelin, 5.11.... Most of the routes are around 80 feet long. Pick up a copy of Telluride Rocks at a local climbing shop for route descriptions and maps.

Getting There

Park 100 yards past the Post Office and find a climbers trail that leads to the talus. Follow the talus up the steep slope towards the obvious canyon to the right of the main wall. Be careful on the loose rock in the canyon, it is probably best to leave Spot at home.

L->R:

Left/West Side

A. Squeeze, 8.
B. Chip Off, 9 PG-13, 1p, 100', gear.
C. Lago, 8, 1p, 100', gear.
D. Othello, 10-, 1p, 80', gear.
E. First Step, 10, 1p, 80', gear.
F. Cello, 10+, 1p, 80', gear.
G. Javelin, 11-, 1p, 65', gear.
H. Secrets Of Nature, 13-, 1p, 65', gear.
I. Reptillicus, 10+, 1p, 120', gear.
J. Where Eagles Dare, 11+, 1p, 90', gear.
K. Synchronicity, 11+.
L. Bluegrass, 8.
M. Jester, 12.
N. Fool's Grasp, 9+, 1p, 60', gear.
O. Stinky Feet, 10.
P. The Czech Route.
Q. Left in Stitches, 11.
R. Up On Cotner, 10+.
S. The Thin Edge, 10.
T. Weekend On Mars, 10+.
U. Freebox, 10, 1p, 80', gear.
V. Salvation, 11 PG-13, 1p, 75', gear.
W. Where The Wild Things Are, 9, 1p, 200', gear.
X. Detour, 8.
Y. Limey Peel, 9, 1p, gear.
Z. Icy Fingers, 8, 1p, 80', gear.
AA. Marlboro Man, 11 R.
BB. Tobacco Road, 9 PG-13, 1p, 80', gear.
CC. Cody's Crank, 10.
DD. String of Diamonds, 10.
EE. Nid D'Oiseaux, 9.
FF. Orange Peel, 10, 1p, 80', gear.
GG. Fresh Squeezed, 10.
above FF. Black Magic, 10.
HH. Cenotaph Corner, 10 X.
II. Va Va Voom, 11.
JJ. I'm Not Your Mother, 9.
KK. My Darling Brunette, 10+.
LL. Bad Boys Get Spanked, 10.
MM. Skipping Stones, 10+.
above NN. Arete Variation to Blood On The Cracks, 10.
NN. Blood On The Cracks, 10+.
OO. Fat Cat, 8.
PP. Tick Fever, 11+/12- PG-13, 1p, 60', bolts & gear.
QQ. High Tide, 10.
RR. Summertime, 9+, 1p, 150', gear.
SS. Talisman, 11.

Right/East Side

A. It Gets Hard, 10 R. **
B. Jonny Be Good, 10. **
C. Power Lounger, 9. **
D. Susan's Arete, 10. **
E. Superfresh, 11-, 1p, 90', gear. **
F. Bat Splat 10+, PG-13, 1p, 90', gear.
G. Crack of Mind, 8, 1p, 80', gear.
H. Chewbacca, 8+, 1p, 90', gear.
I. Round The Corner, 7+, 1p, 90', gear.
J. Thor, 10, 1p, 90', gear.
K. Come On Sun, 10, 1p, 90', gear.
L. Dog Leg, 7, 1p, 90', gear.
M. Attica, 9, 1p, gear.
N. Bones, 7-8+, , 1p, 70', gear.
O. Roller Skates, 8, 1p, gear.
P. Chimney Sweep, 5.
Q. Froggy Bottoms, 7, 1p, 80', gear.
R. Repo Man, 10.
S. White Wall, 11.
T. White Book, 4.
U. Algebra, 6, 1p, 80', gear.
V. Entrance Exam, 3, 1p, 70', gear.
W. Fox Trot, 3.
X. Pirouette, 7.
Y. Where Are Your Friends, 10+ X.
Z. Air Arete, 10 X, 1p, 70', TR or headpoint.
AA. Sizzler, 11.
BB. Breakfast of Champions, 6.
CC. Tintinabulation, 5 R.
DD. Teacher's Pet, 8 PG-13, 1p, 70', gear or TR.
EE. Third Grade, 8 R, 1p, 70', gear or TR.
FF. Beginner's Luck, 6, 1p, 60', gear.
GG. Exodus, 7, 1p, 70', gear.
HH. Genesis, 4, 1p, 60', gear.
II. Margin, 4, 1p, 80', gear.
JJ. Easy Money, 6, 1p, 80', gear.

Outside and Right of the canyon

A. Boulder Climb, 10+.
B. Natives Are Restless, 11-.
C. Ophir Drum, 10+.
D. Say What?, 11.

Thanks to Dave Chew for help in organizing this area!

  • * = may have fallen off!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cracked Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 6
Margin
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 16
Easy Money
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 7
Beginner's Luck
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 51
Pirouette
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Chewbacca
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 8
Teacher's Pet
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
Summertime
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Fool's Grasp
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X
 11
Air Arete
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 31
Orange Peel
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Free Box
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Cello
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Javelin
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 3
Tick Fever
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Where Eagles Dare
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Margin
 6
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Easy Money
 16
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Beginner's Luck
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Pirouette
 51
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Chewbacca
 58
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Teacher's Pet
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, TR
Summertime
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Fool's Grasp
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Air Arete
 11
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X TR
Orange Peel
 31
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Free Box
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cello
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Javelin
 9
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Tick Fever
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport
Where Eagles Dare
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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