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Burns' Gulch 
Calling (aka Night Vision), The 
Dukes of Hazzard T 
Eureka Gulch Ice 
Fat City T 
First Gully T 
Goldrush T 
Goofy Gully T 
Highway to Hell 
Hoser's Highway 
Hoser's Highway Righthand 
Kleever, The T 
Middle Minnie T 
Minnie Mouse/ Mickey Mouse T,TR 
Niagaravation T 
On Ramp Slab Area 
Second Gully T 
Stairway to Heaven T 
Tempered By Fire T 
Tempered Engagement S 
Unknown (far left on OB Wall) 
Unknown Scrappy Gully  
Waiting Line S,TR 
White Trash 
Whorehouse Hoses 

Eureka Rock Climbing 

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Uphill from Silverton is a beautiful area of long ice climbs on both sides of the road. Whore House Hoses, Stairway to Heaven are among the classics. Beware however, avalanche risk can be tremendous. Some of these fine classics are in the sun and some are in the shade. Routes here can exceed 1000ft in length.

Getting There 

Take US Hwy 550 south of Red Mountain Pass (S of Ouray) to Silverton. Continue up the main drainage and only significant plowed road uphill as far as you can. Hike the rest of the way on the road. Avalanche debris may cross the road. Climbs are obvious from the road. Beware of avalanche slopes on the way in and out!

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eureka

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eureka:
Stairway to Heaven   WI4     Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1200'   
Whorehouse Hoses   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 600'   
Goldrush   WI4     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 600'   
Second Gully   WI3     Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   
Dukes of Hazzard   WI5-6 M6     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 4 pitches, 400'   
Highway to Hell   WI4+     Ice, 3 pitches, 800'   
Unknown Scrappy Gully    WI3-4 M3-4     Mixed, Ice, 6 pitches, 1000'   
Tempered By Fire   WI4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Fat City   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Burns' Gulch   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Eureka
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo taken early morning 2/14/04.

Stairway to Heaven WI4  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Eureka
This is a classic, stepped moderate...beautiful, big, fat, blue! and 900+ feet. Just pick very stable snow conditions for this one. Go up the road past Silverton to Eureka as far as it is plowed. This obvious line lies across the drainage. Contour 20 minutes to the base. Belay out of the line of fire.P1. 1st pitch is 60m of fat blue gets you to a good stance. 55m gets you to a tree belay. P2. Fun, thinner variations right exist on the 2nd pitch. P3. 3rd pitch is 55m of steeper, big blue...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Eureka Mine, Silverton, Feb., 2008.
BETA PHOTO: Eureka Mine, Silverton, Feb., 2008.

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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 11, 2002
Climbed "Tempered by Fire" in the Eureka area on 2/8. It's in fat and is fairly easy. "Stairway" looked awesome and "2nd Gully" looked very good, too. Most of the other climbs in the area are hard to get to right now due to three feet of trapdoor sugar snow. Got great local beta (and stayed in a nice room) from Jim Weller, owner of the Weller House Hotel, right on mainstreet (970)387-5334.
By Erik Johnson
Mar 4, 2002
2nd Gully on 3/2 was great fun. Four mellow pitches of WI 3- gets you to the top. Three double rope rappels off of trees gets you back down. About a 30 minute hike in. The Eureka Boarding House is now open and catering to ice climbers (although I'm still partial to the Weller House in Silverton). Enjoy!
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 25, 2002
There is some ice left. Tempered by Fire was a blast last weekend. The road is clear, so you can drive right up to it. Sadly, Stairway is not totally connected.

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