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Routes in Switchbax Power Tower Wall

A Stroll throught Time S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Ally Ally Oxen Free S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Auctioneer Barmaid S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Blue Haired Level Headed Bar Maid S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Confronting Anxiety S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cow Foot Trail II S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cow Foot Trail for Sheep Thrills S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Drama for SNAGS S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Escher's Stairs S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Field Effect Switch S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Fun Hog S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Harold is Banging Something S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hedging S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
High Step Transformer S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Leaving Stonerville S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mother and Daughter Reunion S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Pulling the Trust Plug S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pyramid Power S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pyramid Scheme S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Shotgun Love S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Stand Off S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
bric-a-brac S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Elevation: 4,400 ft
GPS: 42.288, -104.758 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Dennis Horning on Feb 18, 2014
Admins: Mike Snyder

Description

The Switchbax Power Tower Wall is on the right side of the river 1/3 mile below the Guernsey Dam when going downstream. It is just west of and across the river from the private residence which is just south of the White Grotto Wall.

Getting There

Foot traffic only access to Switchback Power Tower Wall and the river bottom is gained by passing through the park residence quarters on a paved road leaving east from Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is on the left (west) side of Rd 317 and abuts the road closure barricade.

After passing some big parked garbage hauling trucks on the left and north of the residences take the gravel-rocky 2-track left that switchbacks down to the river bottom. At the first switch back going downhill there is a steep descent trail leaving southward of the south steel power pole. The trail follow the rim for 150 feet south and then descends east through the top rock formation and then slopes downward to the north. See photo for this path.

Or one can follow the 2-track switch back road to the river and walk downstream on the river bank when the river is flowing full to the wall below the power tower Poles.

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Blue Haired Level Headed Bar Maid
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fun Hog
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Blue Haired Level Headed Ba… 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Fun Hog 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
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No real defined trail off of the south power pole was a little over grown though. Not real suitable for kids or people that don't like steep approaches would have been ok probably with a buddy but my family...not so much. Tried to access this via the switchbacks without much success also. Would be good to have rap anchors on top to just rap or top belay. Never got to climb here unfortunately. Looks good in the pics though and maybe next time. May 7, 2015

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