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Cracked Canyon is the place to go for a high concentration of quality routes. There is a good selection of routes in the 5.6 to 5.11 range. Out of the 80 routes in the canyon, there are classic routes at every grade. Pirouette 5.7, Chewbacca 5.8, Summertime 5.9+, Orange Peel 5.10, Javelin 5.11... Most of the routes are around 80ft long. Pick up a copy of Telluride Rocks at a local climbing shop for route descriptions and maps.
Park 100 yards past the Post Office and find a climbers trail that leads to the talus. Follow the talus up the steep slope towards the obvious canyon to the right of the main wall. Be careful on the loose rock in the canyon, it is probably best to leave Spot at home.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cracked Canyon:
Easy Money 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Pirouette 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Dog Leg 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Chewbacca 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Attica 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Summertime 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Air Arete 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b X TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Orange Peel 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Free Box 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Chewbacca 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Cracked Canyon
Classic 5.8 - A beautiful, left-facing corner a few hundred feet up from the mouth of the canyon on the right hand side. Directly across from Orange Peel. Climb the obvious corner via both face and crack. There is an awkward section down low but many consider the roof up high to be the crux. There are bolts on top that can be used to belay your second up, but the descent is from a tree about 15 ft. right. You will be rapping over Dog Leg and Come On Sun....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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