BETA PHOTO: Eureka Mine, Silverton, Feb., 2008.
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.
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!
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
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WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 300'
Featured Route For Eureka
Stairway to Heaven
: 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
The Outward Bound bunkhouse with STH in the backgr...
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.