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Inspector Closeau S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Squawk, Shit, and Leave S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Standing Man S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Description

For some reason this crag feels like the red-headed stepchild of Ptarmigan Creek. Sitting all alone on the other side of the creek, with a completely different approach and only a handful of routes, Squawk Rock doesn't get a lot of attention. However, the routes here are very fun and tend to be on the extreme side of technical; grades will feel sandbagged if you don't bring your footwork and a solid head! With a quick approach from the car, this is a great place to get a few high quality after-work pitches in if you're climbing in the 5.12 range.

Getting There

From Aspen, drive a 1/2 mile passed Lincoln Creek road to pullout on the right under the power lines that cross the road. Find the cairn on the hillside across the street that marks the start of a faint climber's trail. Follow this trail for 5 minutes (look for the cairns) and scramble up the scree field to the base of the cliff.

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Alvaro Arnal
Aspen, CO
Alvaro Arnal   Aspen, CO  
If I remember correctly, the trail is across the street from the upper end of the parking pull-out. The trail itself is hard to find; the cairn is at the top of the berm off the road. Jul 1, 2015
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
I walked up and down the road for at least 100 yards either direction looking for a cairn or trail and found none. How close to the pullout is the trail? Jul 1, 2015

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