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Swift Creek Spire 
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Swift Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 42.75545, -110.86904 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Sam Lightner, Jr. on Jul 29, 2007
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Swift Creek Spire from Swift Creek Road on a typic...

Description 

This is the pretty canyon just east of the town of Afton. A popular hiking destination, the "Periodic Spring", is at the end of the well maintained road.
There is a lot of limestone in this canyon and room for a lot, like hundreds, of moderate sport routes. However, many of the fins that make up the canyon are of dubious quality. Finding the good bits is the challenge.

Getting There 

Turn east on 2nd Ave in Afton. Follow the road until it enters the canyon (turns to dirt). It winds up the canyon along the stream for a few miles with a number of ponds and hiking trails being on either side. Rock fins start appearing immediately.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 2.6 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Rock Climbing Photo: The southwest face of Swift Creek Spire

Pull the Plug 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Wyoming : Swift Creek Canyon : Swift Creek Spire
This is a very good limestone sport climb. The route has had only two ascents, so little bits of the surface will be breaking off (as they do on all new-dolomite/limestone climbs in the US, but after a few ascents it will be as clean as can be.Start the route in an alcove on the southwest face. Move up and right over some loose rock for 15 feet, then onto the proper face. Climb this overhainging wall for 120 feet to the summit, passing a 15 bolts and a rap anchor (part way up) on the way.Warning...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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By goingUp
From: over here
Aug 30, 2016
I found the spire in here the other day while running, went back a few days later and climbed it. Its pretty sweet! does anyone know where the other stuff in the canyon is/have any interest in climbing here/exploring with me? Im in Afton until the end of september 2016
By goingUp
From: over here
Sep 22, 2016
at the first pump house, there is a three bolt set up at the top with a sling and ring.... this could easily be topropped for a few routes up the face... found this on a scramble/excurison. not sure who bolted it, or what its rated... It looks ok.
Up the hill behind it is more broken limestone, with some potential, The rock quality is dubious and the hillside is sketchy and loose, watch for rockfall if you head up past his feature.
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Sep 23, 2016
Yeah. We started cleaning but the wall is actually hollow in most places and thus would not be safe to lead.