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Elevation: 5,837 ft 1,779 m
GPS: 39.75032, -105.24779
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The first crag on the left heading up Clear Creek always caught the eye but was a pain to access. This all changed when JCOS put in a new foot bridge, parking area, and access stairs. With surprisingly excellent CCC rock, the crag holds the shade through the mornings until around 2:00 in the summer and stays shady all day in the fall.

For steeper, more challenging routes check out The Twilight Zone, just past The Canal Zone perched on the hillside above.

Getting There Suggest change

Park in the first parking area on the left, right after you enter the canyon. Take the stairs down, cross the bridge, and take a left on the Canal Zone / Twilight Zone Climbing Access Trail. When the trail levels out at the canal, turn right and walk about 1/4 mile to the crag.

*As of 9/1/21 the parking lot at the 2nd pullout is open. Walk down the paved trail to a set of stone stairs on the right, there is a well marked sign that says climber access. Climb the stairs, walk 4 minutes down the trail, and you'll be at the far right side of the crag. 

Google map link. Follow the orange path!

Eds. This used to involve an approach via one of the steep, loose, grotty gullies beyond the parking lot, descent to the foot bridge, and a steep ascend up a loose slope...no longer!

L->R:

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A1. Cut Loose, 11-, 1p, 75', bolts.

A2. Bear's Choice, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.

A2B. Bear's Choice Easy Variation, 8+, 1p, 75', bolts.

B. Box of Rain, 8, 1p, 75', bolts.

C. Ripple, 8, 1p, 75', bolts.

D. Venice Beach, 8, 1p, 75', bolts.

E. Holiday Road, 8, 1p, 70', bolts.

F. Dirt Trek, 9, 1p, 132', bolts & gear.

G. Ridin' the Moon Buggy, 9 R, 1p, 70', gear.

H. Berga, 9, 1p, 80', bolts.

I. Beasto, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.

J. Ridin' the Moon Buggy, 9 R, 1p, 70', gear.

K. Turkey Jerky, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.

LM. Snake Eyes, 11, var, bolts.

M. Walking With A Ghost, 11, 1p, 55', bolts. 2 starts.

N. Ivy League, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.

O. Panama Red, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.

P. Route Canal, 9, 1p, 50', gear & bolt.

Q. Gondolier Arete, 10-, 1p, 55', bolts.

R. It’s A Little Bushy, 5, 1p, 60', gear.

S. Made In The Shade, 9-, 1p, 125', bolts.

T. Aretnophobia, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.

U. Batso Canal, 10, 1p, 55', bolts.

V. Lambada, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.

W. Levada, 8+, 1p, 80', bolts.

XY. The 2021 Evergreen Obstruction, 7, 1p, 60', gear.

Y. The Whopper, 9-, 1p, bolts.

Z. Buckets of Rain, 8 or 10-, 1p, 45', bolts.

AA. Lame Line, 8, 1p, 60', gear.

Rattlesnakes

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Beware of rattlesnakes along the approach.

28 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Canal Zone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 505
Levada
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 546
Holiday Road
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 461
Venice Beach
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 535
Ripple
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 486
Box of Rain
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 827
Made In The Shade
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 535
Ivy League
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 647
Gondolier Arete
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 771
Panama Red
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 509
Beasto
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 376
Lambada
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 421
Batso Canal
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 492
Turkey Jerky
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 393
Aretnophobia
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 677
Walking With A Ghost
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Levada
 505
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Holiday Road
 546
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Venice Beach
 461
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ripple
 535
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Box of Rain
 486
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Made In The Shade
 827
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Ivy League
 535
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gondolier Arete
 647
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Panama Red
 771
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Beasto
 509
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lambada
 376
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Batso Canal
 421
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Turkey Jerky
 492
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Aretnophobia
 393
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Walking With A Ghost
 677
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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