Powerline Wall West is a fun climbing area with clean rock, composed of diorite on the upper western flanks of Mt. Erie. It receives direct afternoon sun, and occasionally experiences 60 degree afternoons in the middle of winter. It is quick to dry, and compared to many places on Mt. Erie, the rock is fairly solid. Generally this area has crimpy to positive holds. Some friction climbing is required in short stretches. The routes are about 90% sport, and have a safe feel to them with good bolt placements. There are at least a couple of fun trad routes on the Powerline wall, which use primarily hand size and smaller cams. All routes have bolted anchors, some with chains, some with only hangers. This area is very popular due to the short approach, and occasionally suffers from death by top rope. If you have never been to Mt. Erie, and don't have a lot of time to visit, or don't want to get lost in the tick infested underbrush, this wall would be a good destination for you. Seriously guys, check your buddies for ticks... nobody likes parasitic arachnids.
The easiest and shortest way to get to the Powerline Wall is to drive the road towards the summit of Mount Erie. Park at the last parking area before the summit, which is at a 90+ degree left hand turn. There is room here for about 6 cars max. If it is full, the hike down from the top parking area is less than 5 minutes. Take your valuables with you.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Powerline Wall West:
Tindall's Terror 5.7 Trad, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Treeshadow 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
False Impressions 5.8 Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Intimidator 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Scarface 5.10a/b Sport, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Terminator 5.10a/b Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Lethal Weapon 5.10c/d Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Featured Route For Powerline Wall West
False Impressions 5.8 WA : Mount Erie : Powerline Wall West
This route starts in a shallow crack, with lots of positive footholds on either side. It pulls up and through a juggy steep section to attain a rising slightly left trending crack above a bulge. This is a very fun route at the grade, and really good for beginners. 2 bolt anchor and quicklinks at the top....[more] Browse More Classics in WA