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Routes in Cascade Creek

Against The Grain S WI6 M8
Breakin' The Law T WI6 M7
Cascade Canyon Main Flows T WI4-5 M4-5
Dingle Dick S M6-7
Easta'gunzin M8+ PG13
Moby's Dick T,S M7
Night Shift T,S M5-6
Psycho Babble T M7+ R
Riding Manon M9- PG13
Sixes T WI6 M6

Description

Cascade Creek is Durango's answer to the ice park question. It lies just past Purgatory ski area at the foot of Coal Bank Summit. There is an amazing variety of climbing in this beautiful little canyon. The south side offers reliable flows in the WI3-WI5 range as well as some mixed lines. At least one of which is now bolted. The north side boasts wild mixed routes put up by the likes of Jared Ogden and Ryan Nelson. The canyon is small and the main flows on the south side can get crowded. Please be patient and above all, follow ethical protocols.

Getting There

Follow US 550 north past Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort). A mile past the ski area you will pass Cascade Village Condos on your left (west). The highway will then cut a tight harpin through Cascade Creek canyon. Just south of the hairpin, there is a pullout for the Cascade Village water treatment facility. You can usually park here, or continue around the hairpin to the north side of the canyon, where a snowmobile rental operation resides in winter. Park away from those guys. Access to the climbs is via rappel from trees on either side, or by following Lime Creek Road (the road continuing east past the snowmobile guys) to a cattleguard. This road is usually plowed but parking along it is not suggested. Just past the cattleguard a trail is sometimes stomped to the bottom of the canyon. Follow the creekbed west up the canyon for a beautiful walk to the climbs.

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Brandon Mathis   Durango
Here is a cool segment that shows you what Cascade Canyon is like. Sort of a thin year, but it's a super sweet spot.

4cornerstv.com/show/breakin… Jan 21, 2015

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