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Routes in Central Gorge

Type: Ice, 50 ft, Grade II
FA: probably Trevor Bowman and Levi Van Buggenum 1/6/08
Page Views: 402 total · 3/month
Shared By: Trevor Bowman on Jan 6, 2008
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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Description

An aesthetic, albeit short slab of consistent angle. It ends below the namesake large Ponderosa anchor tree. A long hike for a short route, but it's a nice little climb. Didn't see any signs of previous visitors, and given the involved approach, doubt anyone's been here before. However, please comment if you know otherwise!

Location

This climb lies about 1 mile or so up-canyon from Post Creek. It is visible from Highway 14, across Shell Creek from the road and at the top of a shallow gully. The gully is on the up-canyon side of the major side-canyon of Cedar Creek that runs perpendicular into the main Shell Canyon. There are two approach options.

The direct approach involves parking at a pullout on the left side of the road if coming up from Shell with a sign with a bighorn sheep on it. Drop down the steep, pricker choked gully just directly down from the pullout to the creek. Hike up the creek about 100', above a short cliff, and cross the creek near a log. Hike back down the creek to the mouth of Cedar Creek and up it a short ways to the base of the steep gully with the falls at the top; slog up this to the base. This approach is shorter in terms of distance, but much less pleasant than the second option.

The second approach is circuitous and a bit long, but not too difficult. We approached as for the Wildfire Slabs and hiked up to the open bench a couple hundred feet up the hill above those flows. Follow a game trail across the bench for about 1/2 mile or so and drop down above Ponderosa Falls. It takes maybe 20 minutes from the Wildfire Slabs, or about 30 from the car. This approach is best scouted from the highway to get your bearings before you start; it should become fairly obvious.

Protection

Screws. Tree anchors. Walk off.

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