Elevation: 8,301 ft
GPS: 38.882, -106.148 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robby Cribbs on Mar 18, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Joey Chicharrones, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Turtle Rocks is one of Buena Vista's largest crags. It holds more than 20 climbs including sport, mixed, and trad routes.

Per Hansen Wendlandt: this is not a good area for beginners and kids, because you have to scramble up the most dangerous sections to get to them.

I would like to add the sub-area: The Corridor.

The Corridor

The Corridor offers a number of sport routes along with a few trad routes and is located in a narrow corridor south of Turtle Rock. Around 30-50 feet in length, the climbs are in the shade most of the day.

Approach

There are two ways to approach The Corridor both of which are 5-10 minute hikes. The Corridor is located at 38.8808, -106.1476.

If approaching from the south off CR 371:

Drive ~300 yards south from Bob Rock parking area or a few feet past the third tunnel (if heading north on CR 371), and park on the east side of the road (38.8806, -106.1483). This is also the same parking for the crag Almost A Tunnel. From the parking area, hike up the hill (~100 yards) to a notch in the large rocks; this is The Corridor.

If approaching from the north off CR 375:

From the Turtle Rocks Campground, park in the closest parking/camping area to Turtle Rock (38.8815, -106.1468). Hike directly west to the base of Turtle Rock (~100 feet) and then south for ~200 feet on a faint trail to The Corridor.

Getting There

From Buena Vista, take CR 371. Take a [right] on CR 375. At the top of the switchbacks, there is a parking area on the left. You enter a BLM Campground called Fourmile. It's less than a mile from the turnoff onto 375. Parking for Turtle Rocks is at the far end of the campground as close as you can get to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Turtle Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 26
You Call Yourself a Thief?
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Knobs
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Cisco Kid
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
40oz of Freedom
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
Knobs Up
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Saw Blade
Sport 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Smack and Spray
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
You Call Yourself a Thief?
 26
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Knobs
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Cisco Kid
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
40oz of Freedom
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Knobs Up
 15
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Saw Blade
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Smack and Spray
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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