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Description

Careno Crag is a major formation low in Icicle Creek Canyon. Another of the south facing crags with little shade, Careno can be baking hot and comes into season relatively early. The majority of the climbs here are multi-pitch trad lines, with a few noteworthy bolted climbs. Numerous ledges across the massif can have the unfortunate effect of forcing you into short, wandering pitches, but also create great potential for linkups of various lines. Classics include the Regular Route and the Bale/Kramar route, but many other fine pitches are worth the time and trouble of exploring.

Most routes on Careno have bolted belays equipped for rappelling, but an easy descent can be made by scrambling down climbers right from the uppermost ledge system.

Getting There

To reach Careno, park at the Snow Creek trailhead. For the easiest approach, hike back along the road for approximately 0.1 miles, looking for a driveway with a sign "Hikers and Climbers Enter at Your Own Risk". A previous approach on "public?" land seems to have been lost, and this driveway is now the easiest access to public land at the base of the cliff. Hike straight up the driveway to a retaining wall and look for a trail heading up and right to the crags above. Follow the trail up past several minor crags to the base of Careno (you will pass a sign when you enter public land soon after leaving the driveway). The approach to Careno takes about 30 minutes. As with all access on private land, walk softly and treat the owners with respect.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Careno Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Careno Corners
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Exotic Dancer
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Cool Struttin'
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Heave Ho
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 14
Pocketmeister
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 59
Regular Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
A Swingin' Affair
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Bale/Kramar route
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Killer B's
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Pumpline
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Nubbin Grubbin'
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Corino Corner
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
An Exotic Affair
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Careno Corners
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Exotic Dancer
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Cool Struttin'
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Heave Ho
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Pocketmeister
 14
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Regular Route
 59
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
A Swingin' Affair
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Bale/Kramar route
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Killer B's
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pumpline
 14
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Nubbin Grubbin'
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Corino Corner
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
An Exotic Affair
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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