Elevation: 7,980 ft
GPS: 41.156, -105.326 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: D Scott Clark on Sep 14, 2021 · Updates
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki
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Description

The Plumb Line Crag is located North of the Citadel Crag. The crag has two distinct tiers. This subarea is for the Lower Tier. 

The Lower Tier has several short easy routes, a perfect hand jam crack (Plumb Line), and some short difficult routes.

L->R (per D Scott Clark):

Lower Tier

A. Amaranth, 7, 1p, 35', gear.

B. Barley, 6, 1p, 50', gear.

C. Corn, 5, 1p, 50', gear.

D. Kasha, 7+, 1p, 55', gear.

E. Big Pink, 11, 1p, 40', gear.

above E. Spit Out, 11, 1p, 50', bolts.

F. Plumb Line, 9+, 1p, 40', gear.

G. Quinoa, 9, 1p, 40', gear.

H. Rye, 6, 1p, 40', TR.

To be edited in.

Getting There

GPS coordinates are not accurate.

Drive:

  1. From the Nautilus parking area, drive East / North East on RT. 700 for approximately 2 miles.
  2. As the road descends a small hill the 700L spur will be on your right.
  3. Drive 200 yards down the 700L spur and park in front of a barbed wire fence and green gate that's probably locked.

Then walk:

If at any point you encounter cows, walk way around them. You don't want to trigger any bulls or upset the ranchers.

  1. Walk East through the gate and down the hill, making sure to properly close the gate behind you if it isn't locked.
  2. A few yards from the very bottom of the hill (a dirt cul-de-sac), you'll see a climbers trail on your left/north side. If you're having to wade through tall grass, you missed the climbers trail; go back. Follow this trail until you get to a beaver dam (more like a group of logs).
  3. Once across the creek, you'll follow a trail that roughly parallels the stream. After about 200 yards, the trail basically goes straight East along a fence line with the stream / wetlands on your right. Continue on the trail for approximately one mile
  4. At some point the barbed wire on your right will disappear, just keep on the trail.
  5. Before hitting the aspens that intersects the trail, still before Citadel crag, and just after a field of rocks that look like they've just surfaced, the trail will fork north very loosely up a small hill. Take the North fork, which, again, is not covered by aspens, and is just dirt, rock, and small shrubs. At the top of the "hill", you should see the trail visibly leading in to some aspens up ahead.
  6. There isn't nearly as much traffic here as there is with the Nautilus, so you'll just have to trust the climber's trail that you're on is correct. Do not veer right (back east; uphill) towards Citadel.
  7. After about 1/4 mile, while still surrounded by aspens, the trail will fork again to your right (East). The fork will take you to the upper tier. Instead, right in front of you, you should see boulders on your right on a teeny tiny hill; meh, it's not even really a hill. Look for a climbers trail. You might even be able to see the prominent Plumb Line from here.
  8. Hop up a handful of boulders, and you'll be at the Lower Tier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 171
Plumb Line
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 40
Big Pink
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Plumb Line
 171
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Big Pink
 40
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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