A less famous cousin to Sinks Canyon and Wild Iris, this Lander area wall is gaining in popularity rapidly. Generally regarded as an “expert” crag, only four of the cliff’s nearly sixty climbs is easier than 5.11. The history of climbing at Baldwin Creek is extraordinarily short, with the first routes being established in late 1992 by Greg Collins and Frank Dusl. The route development hit a peak in the summer of 1994 with over 30 routes being established in two months’ time. The primary activists in this period were Dusl, Bobby Model, Steve Bechtel, and Todd Skinner. The established climbing area is but a fraction of the Baldwin Creek wall, which extends for over three miles across the side of a valley. Understandably, the potential here has not even begun to be tapped.
The climbing season at Baldwin Creek could be year-round, but due to seasonal road closures it is June 1 to November 1. The middle of the summer tends to be very hot due to the southern exposure of the climbs, though early morning and late afternoon are survivable. Fall is the best season here, but that is true for 95% of all climbing areas. Precipitation presents minimal problems, though an occasional thunderstorm is possible in the late summer.
Baldwin is a fairly straightforward sport climbing area; quickdraws and a rope are all you need. Bring plenty of water for hot days and a headlamp for the hard-to-follow-in-the-dark trail. Be aware that the road requires a higher clearance vehicle and is subject to closure later than June 1 and earlier than November 1 if weather requires it.