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Squawk Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Alvaro Arnal on Jul 16, 2012
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Ptarmigan Creek Area area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Squawk, Shit, and Leave.

Squawk, Shit, and Leave 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Independence Pass : ... : Squawk Rock
This is a shortie but a goodie on the left side of the cliff! Engaging climbing from the first move to the last, this one will leave a big smile on you face if you dig technical slabs. Start by climbing the slightly overhanging black streak (crux) on the left side of the bolt line. Pull over onto the slab, and make techy moves past 2 more bolts across the slab and up to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Jul 1, 2015
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?
By Alvaro Arnal
From: Aspen, CO
Jul 1, 2015
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.

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