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Switchbax Power Tower Wall Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 42.2881, -104.75803 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dennis Horning on Feb 18, 2014
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Description 

The Switchbax Power Tower Wall is on the right side of the river 1/3 mile below the Guernsey Dam when going downstream. It is just west of and across the river from the private residence which is just south of the White Grotto Wall.

Getting There 

Foot traffic only access to Switchback Power Tower Wall and the river bottom is gained by passing through the park residence quarters on a paved road leaving east from Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is on the left (west) side of Rd 317 and abuts the road closure barricade.

After passing some big parked garbage hauling trucks on the left and north of the residences take the gravel-rocky 2-track left that switchbacks down to the river bottom. At the first switch back going downhill there is a steep descent trail leaving southward of the south steel power pole. The trail follow the rim for 150 feet south and then descends east through the top rock formation and then slopes downward to the north. See photo for this path.

Or one can follow the 2-track switch back road to the river and walk downstream on the river bank when the river is flowing full to the wall below the power tower Poles.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 3.4 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',3],['5.11',9],['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 Switchbax Power Tower Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Switchbax Power Tower Wall:
Blue Haired Level Headed Bar Maid   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 65'   
Fun Hog   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 90'   
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Confronting Anxiety 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Wyoming : Guernsey State Park : ... : Switchbax Power Tower Wall
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By Trever O'Brien
From: SD
May 7, 2015
No real defined trail off of the south power pole was a little over grown though. Not real suitable for kids or people that don't like steep approaches would have been ok probably with a buddy but my family...not so much. Tried to access this via the switchbacks without much success also. Would be good to have rap anchors on top to just rap or top belay. Never got to climb here unfortunately. Looks good in the pics though and maybe next time.

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