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For some reason this crag feels like the red-headed stepchild of Ptarmigan Creek. Sitting all alone on the other side of the creek, with a completely different approach and only a handful of routes, Squawk Rock doesn't get a lot of attention. However, the routes here are very fun and tend to be on the extreme side of technical; grades will feel sandbagged if you don't bring your footwork and a solid head! With a quick approach from the car, this is a great place to get a few high quality after-work pitches in if you're climbing in the 5.12 range.
From Aspen, drive a 1/2 mile passed Lincoln Creek road to pullout on the right under the power lines that cross the road. Find the cairn on the hillside across the street that marks the start of a faint climber's trail. Follow this trail for 5 minutes (look for the cairns) and scramble up the scree field to the base of the cliff.
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Squawk, Shit, and Leave 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO : Independence Pass : ... : Squawk Rock
This is a shortie but a goodie on the left side of the cliff! Engaging climbing from the first move to the last, this one will leave a big smile on you face if you dig technical slabs. Start by climbing the slightly overhanging black streak (crux) on the left side of the bolt line. Pull over onto the slab, and make techy moves past 2 more bolts across the slab and up to the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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