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The Point, Powderhorn, Colorado (AKA Indian Creek)

Colorado > Gunnison

Description

This crag has a very interesting, conglomerate rock type. There are rocks poking out from the wall ranging from the size of a thumb to a basketball, and they are solid! The best way I can describe it is like a bunch of rocks placed as holds on cement.

I strongly recommend checking this place out at least once, and it's only about 30 minutes from Gunnison, or Lake City. Stop on the way to God's Crag.

All climbs with anchors are sport routes; however, there is potential for some trad leads.... It is very rare to see anyone here, probably because no one knows about and there are only about 15 climbs. This is a south-facing wall, so it gets sun all day.

Also, if you visit the wonderful Rock 'n Roll sports on US-50 in Gunnison you can get a hand drawn guide sheet for $0.50. They can also give you beta for this area and all others in the area.

Getting There

Take CO 149 south from Gunnison to about 4 miles south of Powderhorn. At mile marker 97, turn East on CR-38 [CR 58?] (left if coming from Gunnison). There will be a sign for Indian Creek Road and you'll cross a cattle guard right away.

Drive 2.9 miles from CO-149 on CR 58 to a 5-6 car pull off on the left-see photo (about 100 yds before the 3rd cattle guard). Walk about 200 feet down the road to a 4x4 road that goes west (right). Follow the 4x4 road about 200-300 yards to a small 2-car pull off then follow the trail another 200 feet to the southwest to the climbing.

It is a 10 minute hike from pull-off for cars.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
01 Fear of Flying
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 12
02 Inca Roads
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 1
03 ???
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
04 Diagonal Danzin
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
05 Bubba's Weenie Way
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
06 Pirate in Paradise
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
07 Pleasure Spiked with Pain
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
08 Frequent Flyer Miles
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 2
09 Point of Danger
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
10 On a Walk About
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
11 Bongo Fury
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
12 Waka Jawaka
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
13 Young Bubbas in Training
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
14 The Matrix
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
15 Big Kahunas
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
01 Fear of Flying
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
02 Inca Roads
 12
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
03 ???
 1
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
04 Diagonal Danzin
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
05 Bubba's Weenie Way
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
06 Pirate in Paradise
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
07 Pleasure Spiked with Pain
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
08 Frequent Flyer Miles
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
09 Point of Danger
 2
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
10 On a Walk About
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
11 Bongo Fury
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
12 Waka Jawaka
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
13 Young Bubbas in Training
 10
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
14 The Matrix
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
15 Big Kahunas
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Nice, steep, cobble climbing.
[Hide Photo] Nice, steep, cobble climbing.
This is the main wall this the overhung climbs on it.
[Hide Photo] This is the main wall this the overhung climbs on it.
This is the main wall with all the overhung climbs.
[Hide Photo] This is the main wall with all the overhung climbs.
This is a picture of the pull-out for cars just before the 4x4 road and the 3rd cattle guard.
[Hide Photo] This is a picture of the pull-out for cars just before the 4x4 road and the 3rd cattle guard.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Jason Nelson
SLC, UT
[Hide Comment] I really enjoyed this crag. What a pleasant little surprise of fun. Great camping too! The rock is more of a volcanic conglomerate so it is a little different than El Rito, or Maple Canyon. There's a few wobbly bolts on the main wall, so if you're so inclined, it would be great to have those replaced and a worthy investment. Oh yeah, it's road 58, not 38 that you'll get to the crag on. Sep 7, 2009
Johnny MacKinnon
Leadville, CO
[Hide Comment] It is a volcanic rock called Breccia--a conglomeration of volcanic ash, rubble, etc. Sep 13, 2009
Ryan Justen
St. Paul, MN
[Hide Comment] You're welcome, Will. This is too cool of a place to keep a secret.

Thanks for the correction, Jason. I fixed the directions. May 13, 2010
mike bromberg
Revelstoke
[Hide Comment] Some fun climbing in a really nice setting.

Many of the routes have some large/dangerous fall potential. Not to mention some loose, wobbly bolts as noted above. Many of the "wedge" bolts used have been glued over top, then have loosened over time....

I'm not sure one would be able to easily tighten many of them, with this glue on top. Maybe replacement would be appropriate. Despite the numerous moderate ratings, this is certainly not the place for learning to lead climb. Jun 10, 2010
[Hide Comment] Funny, I have climbed here a few times and definitely did not feel there was any problem with bolt spacing or placement. I even thought the bolting was fairly cozy.

But I just climbed on the overhanging wall and the routes just bordering it.

I didn't notice any wobbly bolts either, but that would be a different story... those should be replaced. Jun 11, 2010
mike bromberg
Revelstoke
[Hide Comment] I noticed the wobblers on Big Kahunas, Bubbas Weenie Way and on Pirate in Paradise (anchors). This trip, Big Kahunas stood out as a rather dangerous lead.... Jun 13, 2010
mtoensing
Boulder
[Hide Comment] Amazing backdrop. Great place to spend half a day climbing. Oct 17, 2010
[Hide Comment] I recommend bringing a stick clip! We spent the whole of Memorial day here and didn't see another soul. Beautiful spot and good climbing if you are near Lake City. May 28, 2012
coop Best
Glenwood Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] What is the elevation of this area? 9500ft? May 21, 2013
Garrett Bales
Lake City, CO
[Hide Comment] Several bolts at this place have wobbled for many years (over 10 years ago) and def. need replacing. The rock is also very questionable in several places. Fun place we climbed for years, but be mindful if you go. Jul 8, 2013
Chris Cronin
Lake City, CO
[Hide Comment] Hi, I was wondering if the off width route to the left of "Fear Of Flying" has been climbed yet? It is a decent trad route, so I suspect is has, just figured I'd check.


Jul 14, 2013
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know if the first bolt is missing from Inca Roads? It looks like the first bolt is a solid 15-20' up. Nov 13, 2014