The Fiscal Cliff

United States | Tunnel Five | Rock Climbing Clear Creek

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The Fiscal Cliff is a short cliff band that borders the south side of the creek just east of Tunnel 5. There has recently been some development at this wall that has made it a destination climbing area with a variety of fun routes. The rock is very featured, and on the harder routes the use of some kneebar trickery comes in handy. The wall faces northwest and might see some afternoon sun in the summer. Old Approach (not recommended): The old approach required you to drive 11.7 miles up the canyon on Highway 6 and park on the south (left) side of the road. Hike west (upstream) on the Peaks to Plains Trail to approach this creek side crag. This approach might be illegal due to the parking issues of the new trail. 5 min Legal Approach: Since the formation of the Peaks to Plains Trail, the old approach has been blocked off with “no access” signs. Climbers and fishermen still go past these signs to access the trail and the creek, however, the only permitted way to get to the wall is by parking in the new Tunnel 5 parking area, just west of tunnel 5 on the south side of the road, and taking a pleasant stroll down the Peaks to Plains trail East/downstream about a half mile to get to the wall. 15 min

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