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Dead Colt Canyon is an obscure and remote crag not often visited. It offers a small collection of routes with names inspired by "The Who", and potential for more. The cliff faces north. Most of the routes here are on the short side, but offer excellent rock.

Routes here include:
Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, 12-;
Who's Next?, 11;
Won't Get Fooled Again, 12-;
America is Waiting, 11;
Elvis Solution, 11+;
Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma, 12;
Air Conitioned Falls, 11+;
End of All Porpoises, 12;
Porpoise Path, 12-;
Snivling Rat Face, 11.


While this crag is technically part of the far NW end of Sand Gulch, the best approach begins from the parking lot at The Bank Campground. From this lot, hike NW on the left road (rather than taking the right road fork into The Bank canyon) for ~20 minutes to a fork. Follow the left fork into the canyon, near the left end of the Dead Colt Wall. Bushwhack up to the cliff.

Climbing Season

For the Sand Gulch area.

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Dead Colt Canyon

Porpoise Path 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Shelf Road : ... : Dead Colt Canyon
Interesting overhanging route with underclings. One of these underclings looks just like a porpoise....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Leslie Coon
Jul 2, 2005
3 New Routes in Shelf Road, in the Dead Colt Canyon area. The first was listed as a project , on p. 75 of the new Fred Knapp guidebook, #7. It is rated 5.12c, and is called End of all Porpises. (It is also route #8 on p. 82 of the Van Horn guidebook). The next route, #8 on the same page, is rated 5.12a, and is called Porpise Path. It looks like a porpise. On p. 81of the Van Horn guidebook, routes 1-4 are listed as 2500 feet (east) from the Elvis Solution route. In the other direction, 2500 feet west of Elvis Solution, is the route Mountain Lion, 10b, on a smooth face opposite the curve in the road where it goes over the mesa.

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