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Greg's Cliff

Colorado > Independence Pass > Ptarmigan Creek Area


Greg's Cliff is the first rock you will encounter when hiking into the Ptarmigan Creek Area. Greg's Cliff itself currently has 9 documented routes, ranging from 5.9 to 5.12c. Five of the routes are starred routes, including Baba Fats (5.11a) which is a classic must do climb! The rock is quality granite, and it is usually slightly overhanging. Routes are single pitch, well protected and can be done with one 60 meter rope.

Once you are here, you can also access Prison Wall, Storm Jumper Wall, Kaos Wall, Jungle Wall, and Hurricane Wall by hiking further uphill. Trees are abundant and close to the rock, so shade can almost always be found. Bring a water filter and get a cool drink from nearby Ptarmigan creek.

The entire Ptarmigan Creek area is loaded with lots of great sport climbing, primarily is the 5.9 to 5.12+ range. There is also a lot of other first ascent potential all over this area.

Getting There

There is a small (2-3 car) gravel pullout on the North side of Hwy 82, 100 feet down hill (west) of mile marker 52 and a blue adopt-a-highway sign.

The Ptarmigan Creek trail leads off from the corner of this pullout, and heads up hill. Ptarmigan Creek will be on your left as you hike in. Follow the trail with cairns. The first wall you will run into is Greg's Cliff. It is a short walk, only about 10 minutes to access.

If you continue uphill, you can also access Prison Wall, Storm Jumper Wall, Kaos Wall, Jungle Wall, and the Hurricane Wall.

Routes from Left to Right

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Kayte Knower climbs up the dihedral.
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[Hide Comment] This place is absolutely gorgeous. I lived in this area for about 4 years. It's so beautiful.

It definitely beats the hell out of my present location, Iraq. Enjoy the freedom most take for granted.

US Soldier by trade/ski bum at heart Jul 30, 2005
[Hide Comment] I hope you can come back and enjoy it again soon. Holler if you need a pard. Jun 8, 2006