Elevation: 1,043 ft
GPS: 48.454, -122.629 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: jaredvg on Jul 25, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters
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Description

Powerline Wall West is a fun climbing area with clean rock, composed of diorite on the upper western flanks of Mt. Erie. It receives direct afternoon sun, and occasionally experiences 60 degree afternoons in the middle of winter. It is quick to dry, and compared to many places on Mt. Erie, the rock is fairly solid. Generally this area has crimpy to positive holds. Some friction climbing is required in short stretches. The routes are about 90% sport, and have a safe feel to them with good bolt placements. There are at least a couple of fun trad routes on the Powerline wall, which use primarily hand size and smaller cams. All routes have bolted anchors, some with chains, some with only hangers. This area is very popular due to the short approach, and occasionally suffers from death by top rope. If you have never been to Mt. Erie, and don't have a lot of time to visit, or don't want to get lost in the tick infested underbrush, this wall would be a good destination for you. Seriously guys, check your buddies for ticks... nobody likes parasitic arachnids.

Getting There

The easiest and shortest way to get to the Powerline Wall is to drive the road towards the summit of Mount Erie. Park at the last parking area before the summit, which is at a 90+ degree left hand turn. There is room here for about 6 cars max. If it is full, the hike down from the top parking area is less than 5 minutes. Take your valuables with you.

From this parking area, contour downward and towards the west along grassy ledges and short rock steps. A short stretch through the woods and underneath the powerlines will bring you to the top of a cliff overlooking Lake Erie and the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Some anchors can be found here at the top of Tindall's Terror and Scarface. Walk to the NW of these anchors to find the descent ramp to the base of the wall. This ramp is low 3rd class. The anchors for Powerline Wall West are located about 20 feet below, or to the west of the ramp. Some people rappel into these routes from trees or execute exposed scrambles to drop top ropes onto the wall. In my opinion, it is safer and more respected to just walk to the bottom and lead the routes as they are well bolted.

From the bottom of the ramp, take a left and descend a bit farther to find the start of the lower tier routes which include False Impressions, Lethal Weapon, Intimidator, and Terminator. The lowest point at the base of the wall is the start of Intimidator. Scrambling toward the south past the aforementioned routes, and making 2 distinct blocky 4th class steps up will bring you to the base of the upper tier routes including Tindall's Terror and Scarface.

If you continue along the trail below the two blocky steps, it will take you to descent trails into The Cirque and Orange Wall (descending further west). If you continue to traverse this lower trail towards the south, it will take you to Powerline Wall East which is a far less popular destination than the west wall, but still includes some fun climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Powerline Wall West

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
As You Wish
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 31
Tindall's Terror
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 132
False Impressions
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
The Sickle
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 16
Lucy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Neverending Story
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 52
Milk Dud
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 108
Intimidator
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
No Holds Barred
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Six Fingered Swordsman
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 50
Terminator
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 15
Scarface
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 24
Flight Risk
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 56
Lethal Weapon
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Highway to Hell
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
As You Wish
 47
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tindall's Terror
 31
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
False Impressions
 132
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Sickle
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lucy
 16
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Sport
Neverending Story
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Milk Dud
 52
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Intimidator
 108
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
No Holds Barred
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Six Fingered Swordsman
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Terminator
 50
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Scarface
 15
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Flight Risk
 24
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Lethal Weapon
 56
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Highway to Hell
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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