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Evergreen - Bear Creek ice

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Evergreen - Bear Creek ice Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Nov 8, 2002  with updates from David Oyler
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Ice Climbing 

This is an obscure ice area that has had reports of ice over the years but little specific details. According to grayer haired folks, at least 2 ice pitches have been known to form with regularity. Ice has been spotted and climbed during cold, wet stretches between Morrison and Evergreen. The ice can be spotted from the road on the S side (North facing). These are short pitches of ice, reminiscent of ice from South St. Vrain or Big Thompson drainages.

Per rope dope, "The ice at the first pullout just west of Morrison is in and very nice... WI2-4+ in spots... 15 minute approach across the creek and up and over will put you at the ice. It is thin in the middle by the flow but nice side routes.... There is also another forming just west of it on the east side of CO 74 as well, both visible from the road."

Getting There 

Drive West from Morrison, from C-470, towards Evergreen or East from Evergreen towards Morrison. Ice, when in, is visible from the road.

Per David Oyler: access is off of CO Hwy 74 (not 73) and is 1.5 miles past the 4th entrance (Titans Rd.) for Red Rocks as you head west. There's a 35mph speed limit sign, then a large rock/hill on the left (south) side of the road. If you drive just past the hill and look south, you'll see Bear Creek ice.

Anchor 

2 bolt anchor w/ chain installed 3-18-05.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: View of the climb from CO Hwy 74.

Bear Creek Falls WI2 PG13  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Evergreen - Bear Creek ice
This is a short flow of ice close to the road. Its low altitude makes its season shorter.To be edited in....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Evergreen - Bear Creek ice Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian Nelson on lead on Bear Creek ice flow visibl...
Brian Nelson on lead on Bear Creek ice flow visibl...
Rock Climbing Photo: A view into the slot canyon.  It's like a mini-Our...
BETA PHOTO: A view into the slot canyon. It's like a mini-Our...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jarrod getting geared up for his first ice climb.
Jarrod getting geared up for his first ice climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: Micah working his way up Bear Creek Falls.
Micah working his way up Bear Creek Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: View (looking south) of Bear Creek ice from CO Hwy...
BETA PHOTO: View (looking south) of Bear Creek ice from CO Hwy...
Rock Climbing Photo: David topping out on Bear Creek Falls.
David topping out on Bear Creek Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Hobson firing up some the ice in the slot can...
BETA PHOTO: Adam Hobson firing up some the ice in the slot can...
Rock Climbing Photo: Closer view of Bear Creek ice.
BETA PHOTO: Closer view of Bear Creek ice.
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the ice from the hike in.  A second poss...
BETA PHOTO: A view of the ice from the hike in. A second poss...

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By evan freeman
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 22, 2002
Lower falls are in but a bit thin. Upper falls are nice, only thin in the centre near the flowing water. A couple of nice harder sections have formed.
By Jason Gilbert
From: Lakewood
Nov 22, 2002
Does anyone know how far up the canyon from Morrison the Bear Creek Ice climb is?
By Brian Tessier
From: Lakehood, Colorado
Feb 25, 2007
Bear Creek Ice Fall:
2 bolt anchor w/ chain installed 3-18-05
By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Apr 16, 2008
About 5-6 years ago, I walked up something called (I think) Maxwell Falls near Evergreen. It was absolutely tiny, but if you're incredibly bored in Evergreen, it's available......
By Matthew E
From: Denver, Colorado
Jan 17, 2015
Does anyone know an approximate mile marker that these climbs can be seen from?

Any idea on conditions?
By David Oyler
Feb 14, 2016
Matthew, it's 1.5 mi west of Titans Rd. (4th entrance to Red Rocks). I just added some pictures from climbing out there today.
By Craghead
Feb 15, 2016
Oh boy. The Bear Creek ice fall has been a local word of mouth "secret" for well over 10 years, and now it's being posted for the masses. Let's hope it doesn't follow the way of the other Front Range ice and get chopped to hell every single weekend. By the way, there are two sets of double bolt anchors at the top. The rightmost is for the bolted mixed line.

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