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The Point, Powderhorn, Colorado (AKA Indian Creek)

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08 Frequent Flyer Miles S 
09 Point of Danger S 
10 On a Walk About S 
11 Bongo Fury S 
12 Waka Jawaka S 
13 Young Bubbas in Training S 
14 The Matrix S 
15 Big Kahunas S 

The Point, Powderhorn, Colorado (AKA Indian Creek)  


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Description 

This crag has a very interesting, conglomerate rock type. There are rocks poking out from the wall ranging from the size of a thumb to a basketball, and they are solid! The best way I can describe it is like a bunch of rocks placed as holds on cement.

I strongly recommend checking this place out at least once, and it's only about 30 minutes from Gunnison, or Lake City. Stop on the way to God's Crag.

All climbs with anchors are sport routes; however, there is potential for some trad leads.... It is very rare to see anyone here, probably because no one knows about and there are only about 15 climbs. This is a south-facing wall, so it gets sun all day.

Also, if you visit the wonderful Rock 'n Roll sports on US-50 in Gunnison you can get a hand drawn guide sheet for $0.50. They can also give you beta for this area and all others in the area.

Getting There 

Take CO 149 south from Gunnison to about 4 miles south of Powderhorn. At mile marker 97, turn East on CR-38 [CR 58?] (left if coming from Gunnison). There will be a sign for Indian Creek Road and you'll cross a cattle guard right away.

Drive 2.9 miles from CO-149 on CR 58 to a 5-6 car pull off on the left-see photo (about 100 yds before the 3rd cattle guard). Walk about 200 feet down the road to a 4x4 road that goes west (right). Follow the 4x4 road about 200-300 yards to a small 2-car pull off then follow the trail another 200 feet to the southwest to the climbing.

It is a 10 minute hike from pull-off for cars.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.8 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',5],['5.11',3],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Point, Powderhorn, Colorado (AKA Indian Creek):
02 Inca Roads   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
13 Young Bubbas in Training   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
04 Diagonal Danzin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
01 Fear of Flying   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
08 Frequent Flyer Miles   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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On a Walk About is the 2nd climb from the right in this photo.

10 On a Walk About 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Gunnison : The Point, Powderhorn, Colo...
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Photos of The Point, Powderhorn, Colorado (AKA Indian Creek) Slideshow Add Photo
This is a picture of the pull-out for cars just before the 4x4 road and the 3rd cattle guard.
BETA PHOTO: This is a picture of the pull-out for cars just be...
This is the main wall this the overhung climbs on it.
BETA PHOTO: This is the main wall this the overhung climbs on ...
Nice, steep, cobble climbing.
Nice, steep, cobble climbing.

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By Jason Nelson
From: SLC, UT
Sep 7, 2009
I really enjoyed this crag. What a pleasant little surprise of fun. Great camping too! The rock is more of a volcanic conglomerate so it is a little different than El Rito, or Maple Canyon. There's a few wobbly bolts on the main wall, so if you're so inclined, it would be great to have those replaced and a worthy investment. Oh yeah, it's road 58, not 38 that you'll get to the crag on.
By Johnny MacKinnon
From: Leadville, CO
Sep 13, 2009
It is a volcanic rock called Breccia--a conglomeration of volcanic ash, rubble, etc.
By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
May 13, 2010
You're welcome, Will. This is too cool of a place to keep a secret.

Thanks for the correction, Jason. I fixed the directions.
By mike bromberg
From: Crested Butte, CO
Jun 10, 2010
Some fun climbing in a really nice setting.

Many of the routes have some large/dangerous fall potential. Not to mention some loose, wobbly bolts as noted above. Many of the "wedge" bolts used have been glued over top, then have loosened over time....

I'm not sure one would be able to easily tighten many of them, with this glue on top. Maybe replacement would be appropriate. Despite the numerous moderate ratings, this is certainly not the place for learning to lead climb.
By richard magill
Jun 11, 2010
Funny, I have climbed here a few times and definitely did not feel there was any problem with bolt spacing or placement. I even thought the bolting was fairly cozy.

But I just climbed on the overhanging wall and the routes just bordering it.

I didn't notice any wobbly bolts either, but that would be a different story... those should be replaced.
By mike bromberg
From: Crested Butte, CO
Jun 13, 2010
I noticed the wobblers on Big Kahunas, Bubbas Weenie Way and on Pirate in Paradise (anchors). This trip, Big Kahunas stood out as a rather dangerous lead....
By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Oct 17, 2010
Amazing backdrop. Great place to spend half a day climbing.
By Curt Dvonch
May 28, 2012
I recommend bringing a stick clip! We spent the whole of Memorial day here and didn't see another soul. Beautiful spot and good climbing if you are near Lake City.
By coop
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
May 21, 2013
What is the elevation of this area? 9500ft?
By Garrett Bales
From: Lake City, CO
Jul 8, 2013
Several bolts at this place have wobbled for many years (over 10 years ago) and def. need replacing. The rock is also very questionable in several places. Fun place we climbed for years, but be mindful if you go.
By Chris Cronin
From: Lake City, CO
Jul 14, 2013
Hi, I was wondering if the off width route to the left of "Fear Of Flying" has been climbed yet? It is a decent trad route, so I suspect is has, just figured I'd check.
Offwidth crack.
Offwidth crack.


Offwidth crack to the "Fear of Flying" anchors.
Offwidth crack to the "Fear of Flying" anchors.