Elevation: 5,837 ft
GPS: 39.75, -105.248 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 208,690 total · 1,435/month
Shared By: Kirk Miller on Jul 21, 2008 with improvements by Caleb Neel
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

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. 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

Park in the first pullout on the left, right after you enter the canyon. Walk East on the dirt road that leaves the East end of the lot past the gate, down to the canal road. Head back West on the canal road to the bridge.

For a more direct approach, pick one of the erosional, steep, loose, grotty, gullies beyond the parking lot and descend directly to the foot bridge.

A bit longer but more enjoyable approach to the bridge can be had by parking near the Golden Recreation Center at the West end of 10th Street and walking the river path West, under the highway, up river to the foot bridge.

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.

Google map link. Follow the orange path! 

L->R:

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, 100', 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. Made In The Shade, 9-, 1p, 125', bolts.
S. Aretnophobia, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
T. Batso Canal, 10, 1p, 55', bolts.
U. Lambada, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.
V. Levada, 8+, 1p, 80', bolts.
W. The Whopper, 9-, 1p, bolts.
X. Buckets of Rain, 8 or 10-, 1p, 45', bolts.
Y. Lame Line, 8, 1p, 60', gear.

Rattlesnakes

Beware of rattlesnakes along the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Canal Zone

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 103
Dirt Trek
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 271
Route Canal
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 591
Made In The Shade
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 152
The Whopper
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 91
Berga
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 391
Ivy League
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 477
Gondolier Arete
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 533
Panama Red
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 395
Beasto
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 277
Lambada
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 268
Bear's Choice
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 365
Turkey Jerky
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 314
Batso Canal
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 254
Aretnophobia
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 443
Walking With A Ghost
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dirt Trek
 103
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Route Canal
 271
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Made In The Shade
 591
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Whopper
 152
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Berga
 91
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ivy League
 391
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gondolier Arete
 477
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Panama Red
 533
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Beasto
 395
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lambada
 277
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Bear's Choice
 268
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Turkey Jerky
 365
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Batso Canal
 314
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Aretnophobia
 254
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Walking With A Ghost
 443
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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