Damon, Angus and several others from the Ute went out for a climbing day on Independence Pass to the Ptarmigan Creek area to climb on the Powerline Crag. For several who had not tried climbing, going to the Powerline Crag area offers everyone a chance to get in several climbs in a great area that also allows everyone to watch and learn.
The Roaring Fork river adds to the wilderness feeling of this popular climbing area. It’s location next to a camping area also makes it very appealing for a picnic lunch on the rocks or at a table.
The Powerline Crag is one of the best crags on Independence Pass for beginners. The approach is easy and short. It also has 5-6 sport routes all in a row with chained top anchors that you can walk around to set up top ropes.
Weather: Sunny 80’s
Mode of Transportation: vehicle to climbing area, climbing on the rocks – ropes, hands and feet
Total Trip Distance: 5 minutes from Hwy 82 turnoff, located on the right just before the Lincoln Creek campsite
Total Elevation: 30′ -60′
Degree of Difficulty: easy climbing
Trip Appropriate for: all levels adults and children, great learning area
Water Availability Along route: N/A bring water from home
Comments: Drive Hwy 82 1/4 mile past mile marker 52 and park at the pull off on the right just past the 35 mph sign, cross HWY 82 and walk up the road, there will be a dirt road entrance on the north side walk down the dirt road 50yds until you see a trail with cairns on the left take that trail. As you walk on that trail under the power lines stay right over small scree field to the Powerline Crag. 5min Approach / 5.6 – 5.8 climbs