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Powerline Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: DavidHH on Jun 7, 2007
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Description 

Powerline is a nice, shaded crag on the Aspen side of Independence Pass. The wall is part of the Ptarmigan Creek area. This crag has pretty much all moderate routes is well bolted and a great place to warmup or teach noobs. The routes are easy but still a lot of fun.

Getting There 

The directions are given heading from Aspen towards Twin Lakes. About 0.25 miles past MM52 there is a pullout just past the 35 MPH sign. Park in this pullout. The crag is located 50 yards up CO Hwy 82 and on the north side of the road. Follow CO Hwy 82 for about 50 yards and you will see a trail on the north side of the road. Follow cairns, it's not very long, maybe a 5-10 minute approach.

Per Arik: after parking at the turnout and crossing the highway, follow the main path, and then take the first trail on the left. Continue following the path underneath the powerlines. When you get to a boulderfield on the right, head up the hill to get to the climbs.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Powerline

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Powerline:
Tavern on the Green   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Dusty   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Thread It Up   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Powerline
Rock Climbing Photo: Just lapping for fun.

Last 1/2 Inch 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Independence Pass : Powerline
This is a fun, quick route on the very far left of the wall. Follow 6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor with chains. I'm not sure, but you might be able to scramble and set a TR on this climb. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By HansF
From: Jackson, WY
Jun 23, 2009
Fun moderates! There's also a 5.6 far right which is a great warm up and another 5.8 directly to the right of Thread it Up. The 5.8 directly to the right of Thread it Up is by far the best climb at the crag.
By Jay W.
From: Longmont, CO
Aug 4, 2012
I found the directions a little confusing. The trail you need to follow is right across the road from the pullout.
By Parker Wrozek
Sep 14, 2015
Good place for beginner lead climbers.

I think Thread It Up was the best climb especially if you skip a few bolts and place gear.
By Arik
From: Fairplay, CO
Oct 18, 2015
Fun little area and easy approach. Directions are definitely a bit confusing. After parking at the turnout and crossing the highway, follow the main path, and then take the first trail on the left. Continue following the path underneath the powerlines. When you get to a boulderfield on the right, head up the hill to get to the climbs.

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