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Evergreen - Bear Creek ice

Evergreen - Bear Creek ice  


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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Nov 8, 2002
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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 (N facing). 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 min approach across the creek and up and over will put you at the ice. 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 

Access for this is along CO Hwy 73 either by driving W from Morrison, from C-470, towards Evergreen or E from Evergreen towards Morrison. Ice, when in, is visible from the road.

Anchor 

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

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here


Photos of Evergreen - Bear Creek ice Slideshow Add Photo
A view into the slot canyon.  It's like a mini-Ouray.  Think very, very mini.  But you can stem out from the ice to the rock.
BETA PHOTO: A view into the slot canyon. It's like a mini-Our...
Brian Nelson on lead on Bear Creek ice flow visible high up on the south side of the canyon further west than the other stuff listed.
Brian Nelson on lead on Bear Creek ice flow visibl...
Adam Hobson firing up some the ice in the slot canyon during lunch break.
BETA PHOTO: Adam Hobson firing up some the ice in the slot can...
A view of the ice from the hike in.  A second possible climb forms above the slot canyon ice, but it was brittle from too much sunshine when I was there.
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......