Caroline Schaumann on an Unknown crack on the 4x4 ...
The 4X4 wall is one of the best places to climb when it is a little too warm to be in the sun. The most popular routes are in the shade and face North. Expect a more adventurous feel at this wall compared to the more popular areas. On many of the classic routes, the varnish is very dark, which translates into some of the best rock quality in the creek. Be aware though, there is a little loose rock here and there, as well as some lichen due to the walls northern exposure. Since the climbs do not get constant traffic, the inside walls of the crack may be a bit dusty / dirty (I once had a partner that complained his finger stacks would not stick because of this issue. He was trying to send "Hydraulic Pump" 5.12+).
Routes range from 5.10 to 5.12+ (to my immediate knowledge)with a fair amount of 5.11 to be found across the broad face. Bring your standard Indian Creek cam assortment with emphasis on #1 and #1.5 friends for the finger crack testpieces. A handful of #2 and #3 Camalots as well as #4 Friends will help you up the namesake 4X4 (5.10+), which is highly recommended.
This the first buttress encountered on right side of Beef Basin Road. The majority of the climbs on this wall face North toward the main road. Several options exist for the approach. It is advised to check with the current state of Indian Creek camping options before deciding where to pitch your tent, or approach this wall. In years past one could park just past the turn off for Bridger Jack camping and find cairns and a trail that takes one up the talus slope to the base of the routes. Use good judgement in your approach. It is not uncommon to be the only party at the wall.
Weather station 10.4 miles from here
36 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 4X4:
Country 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Take 5 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Linkage 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
4 x 4 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Lift Kit 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 110'
Crankcase 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
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massive rockfall on the far, far left side of 4X4 sunday night. approximately 5 years ago there was a fairly good sized rock fall in the same location that left a pillar of sorts with a broken off arete. it looks like this whole thing fell down. not sure if any routes were affected, will have to investigate when i get some time.
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 17, 2011
The new trail that was put in last year is now finished. From the parking lot, follow the obvious trail north along the west side of the road for 100 yards then it continues west up washes and paths past a lot of steep trailwork and stepped rocks through the steep sections. Long approach by creek standards. The last steep section that required scrambling is now built out and more casual. Trail comes up left of 4x4 and Take 5.