Elevation: 8,733 ft
GPS: 37.658, -107.81 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 122,472 total · 648/month
Shared By: e Dixon on May 25, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Private Property Details

Description

Cascade Canyon is another nice piece of the Durango climbing scene. This scenic little canyon is host to a good selection of limestone sport routes. Most are in the 5.11 - 5.12 range. Cascade is a great summer climbing spot, as it is at a higher elevation and receives a nice mix of sun and shade. Some of the routes can get seepy during wet years. The walls as encountered are called...

Friendship Wall

Genesis Wall (Canyon Entrance)

Futurescape Wall (Roof Area)

Headbangers Wall (Free Tibet Sector)

Garden of Eden Wall (Pool Area)

Restaurant Row (West Side)

Development of the canyon started in the early '90s thanks to climbers like Larry Morton, Steve "Booner" Price, Jay Pezbolt, and Terry Parrish. Many modern day area classics were established during this time.

Getting There

From Durango, drive north on US Hwy 550 towards Purgatory Ski Area. Continue north past the ski area for a few more miles (past Cascade Village) to where the road makes a sharp U-turn to the right. Take a right on Old Lime Creek Road and park after a short distance at a small pullout on the right (park smart to make room for others). Follow the climber/fishermen/tourist trail down to a fork, take a right towards the cliffs that should now be visible.

Per Luke Mehall: there is now a Tyrolean traverse so that the West Side can be easily accessed from the Main Side. This eliminates the need to trespass on the water treatment plant above the West Side. The Tyrolean can be accessed by hiking downstream from the waterfall for a couple hundred feet.

UPDATE - the Tyrolean that was installed to provide access to Restaurant Row (West Side) was stolen.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cascade Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V9-10 7C+
 4
Worthy aka GoGo Ibari
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 120
One Summer's Eve
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 68
Colorfest
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 36
Genesis
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 17
Baby Blue
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 18
Book of Life
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 19
The War Has Started
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 19
Free Tibet
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 61
Close To The Edge
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 20
The Red Sea
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
God Loves Ugly
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 12
Tibet ArĂȘte (originally submitte…
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 24
Reverse Cowgirl
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
La Cantina
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 5
El Jefe
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Worthy aka GoGo Ibari Garden of Eden Wall (…
 4
V9-10 7C+ Boulder
One Summer's Eve Garden of Eden Wall (…
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Colorfest Garden of Eden Wall (…
 68
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Genesis Genesis Wall (Canyon…
 36
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Baby Blue Genesis Wall (Canyon…
 17
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Book of Life Genesis Wall (Canyon…
 18
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The War Has Started Garden of Eden Wall (…
 19
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Free Tibet Headbanger's Wall
 19
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Close To The Edge Garden of Eden Wall (…
 61
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
The Red Sea Genesis Wall (Canyon…
 20
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
God Loves Ugly Headbanger's Wall
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Tibet ArĂȘte (originally sub… Headbanger's Wall
 12
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Reverse Cowgirl Headbanger's Wall
 24
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
La Cantina Futurescape Wall (Roo…
 9
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
El Jefe Futurescape Wall (Roo…
 5
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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