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Routes in Turkey Tail

Acoplopse T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Brush Turkey S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Camera Obscura T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Captain Hook S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Chop, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Consternation T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Dark Meat T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dark Side of the Moon T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Double Trouble T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Drumstick Direct T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
East Side Story T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Easy Offwidth T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Eclipse T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
For Turkeys Only T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Fuzzy Caterpillar T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gobble This T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Hummingbird Way aka Snively's Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
I Turkey/ Resurrection T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
In Search of Unicorns T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Inner Reaches T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jello Party T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Johnny Lat S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Journey to Ixtlan (1st Pitch) T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Left Side of the Key T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Live Fire T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Make the Cut T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Piece of Cake T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Quiver and Quill T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rasmussen Crack T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Roofus T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Second Helping T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Shoo Kitty T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Shoobertapotamai Feathers T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sidewinder T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Snake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Spider Lady T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Squeeze Chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Termination T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Turkey Turd T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Turkey in the Straw T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Turkey's Delight T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Whimsical Dreams T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Wild Turkey T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Wudamudafuka (1st pitch) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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Description

Turkey Tail is a great crag with some terrific lines. The difficulty level is a bit stiffer than most of the crags in the Turkey Rocks complex, so the seeker of the lower end difficulty routes might consider other crags in the area. Some of the routes include overhanging sections, so power can be useful here. This crag is to the right of Turkey Rock & Turkey Perch. Perhaps, the area classic is Whimsical Dreams.

Getting There

Turkey Tail located down and right from Turkey Perch. Go to the saddle near Turkey Perch, hike down and right to the base of the crag.

Descent

The rap anchors at the top of Hummingbird Way have been removed. The only way down is a walk off. Here's the description per Ron Pivo: "the descent from the top of Snively’s, as well as all of the routes on Turkey Tail west of Turkey Turd is simple and easy. From the top of the route, drop into the chimney that splits the formation descending from east to west. An easy scramble down this chimney, headed west toward the Turkey Perch, leads to a short, vertical step facing north. A very easy 10’ hand crack is downclimbed (5.0) to a ledge and another large chimney to the west. This chimney looks scary to get into, but an easy passage is found by scrambling through a large gap just below the ledge. The chimney is not a downclimb, per se, but a sideways traverse west towards the Perch. When you emerge from the chimney, scramble up and right (north) to a short, easy downclimb that dumps you out near the base of Quivering Quill. Scramble down and around the Quill formation and back to the base of Turkey Tail. If you are capable of climbing any of the routes that go to the top of the Tail, you will have no difficulty doing this descent without a rope. For a party that is familiar with the route, the descent takes ten minutes or less.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Turkey Tail

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 70
Turkey's Delight
Trad 3 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 27
Eclipse
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Hummingbird Way aka Snively's Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Double Trouble
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Sidewinder
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 85
Rasmussen Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 114
Quiver and Quill
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 104
Drumstick Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 110
Whimsical Dreams
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 42
In Search of Unicorns
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 22
Turkey Turd
Trad 3 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 8
Gobble This
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Journey to Ixtlan (1st Pitch)
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 28
I Turkey/ Resurrection
Trad, Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Johnny Lat
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Turkey's Delight
 70
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Eclipse
 27
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Hummingbird Way aka Snively…
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Double Trouble
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sidewinder
 31
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Rasmussen Crack
 85
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Quiver and Quill
 114
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Drumstick Direct
 104
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Whimsical Dreams
 110
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
In Search of Unicorns
 42
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Turkey Turd
 22
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Gobble This
 8
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Journey to Ixtlan (1st Pitch)
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
I Turkey/ Resurrection
 28
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Johnny Lat
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Does anyone have info on the fun bolted (4 bolts) route inside the corridor on the east side of the pillar containing Quivering Quill? It starts on a large chock near the south end of the face. Jul 31, 2007
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
To the Left of Turkey's Delight, there is an overhanging arete that has at least two chopped bolts at the start. Does anyone know what the story is on that route? Jan 28, 2008

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