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Pine River Trad

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Pine River Trad Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,500'
Location: 37.447, -107.5053 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jaaron Mankins on Jan 12, 2011
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Description 

This is a great area that contains a stunning amount of rock in a large glaciated valley. You get a beautiful backdrop while climbing on quality, juggy [quartzite]. Some rock quality is impeccable, but there is a fair share of loose holds/rocks. The routes range between 500' to 2000' tall. Pine River is a large area encompassing some beautiful climbs and copious amounts of alpine rock if you do not mind a bit of an approach.

Getting There 

Drive north out of Bayfield to Vallecito Lake on CR 501. At the north end of the lake, veer right on CR 501 as it contiunues around the backside of the lake. This turns into FR 602-take this until you are at the Pine River Trailhead.

Climbing Season

For the Durango area.

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',7],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pine River Trad

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pine River Trad:
Nuggernaut   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   Tradistan Tower
No Expectations   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 850'   Rolling Stones Wall
Central Buttress   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A0+     Trad, Aid, 10 pitches, 1200'   The Pope's Nose
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Featured Route For Pine River Trad
Rock Climbing Photo: Da $$$ pitch of Da Cherry on Top!, 5.9+.

Da Cherry on Top! 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Durango : ... : Tradistan Tower
In my opinion, this may be the best route on Tradistan Tower. I may try to head back up and see if there is a more direct start. Nonetheless, This route has got quite a bit to offer: massive dihedral, crack climbing, roofs, overhangs, face climbing, off-width, squeeze chimney. Mmmmm mmmmm.From the approach trail, you can see the massive cave in the massive dihedral. This is what you're looking for. Start up the massive dihedral in-between 'No Country For Old Men' and 'Nuggernaut...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Pine River Trad Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The view when entering the Pine River area.
The view when entering the Pine River area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Watch out for wildlife!!
Watch out for wildlife!!

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By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Jan 13, 2011
Shhh.... Don't give it all away yet!
By George Bracksieck
Sep 5, 2016
The rock here is quartzite, not granite.