Elevation: 6,512 ft
GPS: 37.268, -107.88 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: e Dixon on Apr 28, 2006 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Durango is a nice, mid-sized town in southwestern Colorado with a variety of local rock climbing. No single crag is a destination in itself, but each of them has some gems, and together make for a nice local climbing scene.

For a good pump on some steep limestone, check out the sport climbing at the Golf Wall or Cascade Canyon. If you think trad is rad, make a trip to East Animas and don't miss the Watch Crystal. It is one of the finest pieces of stone in the area. For bouldering, check out Turtle Lake, Sailing Hawks or any of the many other areas. X-Rock is right at the north end of town and has a nice little selection of routes that are easily top-roped. If you prefer something a little more obscure, try exploring the Hermosa cliffs. Lemon Reservoir should not be missed either. It is has quality sport, gear, or mixed lines. For a more backcountry/alpine climbing experience, look into the Pine River or Vallecito areas.

Your best bet for information on climbing around the area is to check out a copy of Durango Sandstone (new edition came out in 2014) and Durango Bouldering at any of the climbing shops in town. Both are well done and written by local climbers/authors.

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Spring and Fall are the best seasons to rock climb around Durango. The temperatures are typically mild during these times. Summers can get hot, especially on sunny walls, but it can be pleasant to climb in the shade or during the morning. Winter typically brings colder weather and snow, but during periods of dry weather in the sun it can be nice.

Getting There

Take US Hwy 550 if coming from the north or south, or take US Hwy 160 if coming from the east or west.

Closed areas

Everything to the right of the East Animas designated climbing trail is private property and is apparently closed to climbing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Durango

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
 65
Three Finger Pocket/Petrified Prow
Boulder
V6 7A
 49
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 92
Yellow Pages
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 71
Apple Cider
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 70
Byrd's Classic
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 100
Bush & Dirt Crack aka Pseudo-Cen…
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 85
One Summer's Eve
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 82
Simians to the Sun
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Vertical Alluvium
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 84
Pale Skinned Nebraskan (submitte…
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 59
Apes of Wrath
Sport 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 57
Chucky Bill
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 49
Durangutan
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 58
Gold Wall
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 62
Watch Crystal Crack
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Three Finger Pocket/Petrifi… Sailing Hawks > Petrified Area > Petrified Boulder
 65
V5 6C Boulder
Something Wicked This Way C… Sailing Hawks > Triangle Boulder
 49
V6 7A Boulder
Yellow Pages E Animas > Watch Crystal
 92
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Apple Cider E Animas > Apple Cider
 71
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Byrd's Classic E Animas > Byrd's
 70
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Bush & Dirt Crack aka Pseud… E Animas > Jabba Buttress
 100
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
One Summer's Eve Cascade Canyon > Garden of Eden Wall (…
 85
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Simians to the Sun E Animas > Watch Crystal
 82
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Vertical Alluvium Lemon Reservoir > W Side
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Pale Skinned Nebraskan (sub… E Animas > Jabba Buttress
 84
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Apes of Wrath E Animas > Watch Crystal
 59
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Chucky Bill Lemon Reservoir > W Side
 57
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Durangutan E Animas > Watch Crystal
 49
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Gold Wall X Rock > Gold Wall
 58
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, TR
Watch Crystal Crack E Animas > Watch Crystal
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
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