Boulder Falls is a popular tourist destination with a well-marked and maintained footpath. While the falls usually has a large volume of water flowing over it, on occasion, during especially cold periods the falls freezes thick enough to be climbed. At those times, Boulder Falls provides a short, moderate ice climb and the only natural ice in Boulder Canyon. With the year-round popularity of the falls as a tourist destination, you are likely to excite more than a few spectators.
About 8 miles up the canyon Boulder Falls is well marked by several roadside signs. Park in the parking area on the left hand side and cross the street and follow the tourist trail approx 100 yards to Boulder Falls.
Boulder Falls usually has a hefty volume of water flowing over it, however when we get a few weeks of especially cold weather, the falls forms a thin veneer of ice that is climbable. The climb forms a broad, stepped formation 60-80 degrees, about 30 feet high. During most years the climb is fairly dangerous because of the large volume of water flowing underneath the ice. Be certain that the ice thickness will support your weight and swing lightly. It is possible to punch through the ice (especia...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
The Upper falls are pretty much gone. Much of the lower falls is still around. Saw people climbing the short stuff on the east end. That side still looked blue and good. Hopefully the cold snap due tomorrow will give a couple more days of ice.