This has the closest camping to Aspen.
It is North / Northeast-facing.
The area is generally uncrowded. It is a great mid-summer crag. If willing to suffer some post holing and a little wetness, one can access this crag in early spring as it is accessed below the Independence Pass closure gate. Chilly temps make sticky rubber!
There is bullet granite with a great mixture of routes.
From Difficult Campground day use parking (3.6 miles east of Aspen), take Difficult Creek Trail (TR 2196) over the bridge crossing the Roaring Fork River. Take the faint right fork in the trail after about 40 yards. The trail wanders west for a couple hundred yards where it crosses Difficult Creek (on a big fallen tree). Follow more obvious trail up to the base of the cliffs. The upper section of routes is accessed by some mad scrambling and fixed rope climbing.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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The Mona Liza 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO
: Independence Pass
: ... : Difficult Wall aka Difficul...
Climb the beautiful and steep (sometimes powerful), right-trending weakness to mid point on the wall. Use caution when passing some stacked blocks at around bolt(s) 3 or 4. A great rest follows the steeper stuff. Tricky moves back left (the entire route climbs near the arete that defines the outer edge of the Daredevil dihedral) to the arete are followed by some steep slabbing for 30+ feet to the chains. Continuous and really, really fun. Very well protected. One of the best routes ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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