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Freed Canyon Falls 

Freed Canyon Falls 

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Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus: WI4+ [details]
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Submitted By: eDixon on Aug 27, 2008
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Freed Canyon Falls, February 2012.
Freed Canyon Falls may be on private land MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Climb the falls as they gradually steepen. The top tends to be slightly steeper and thinner than down low. To descend, rappel off trees from the top of the route.


Location 

Hike about 15 minutes to the entrance of the canyon and the base of the climb. This approach crosses private property, so please be respectful of the local land owners.


Protection 

Screws.



Photos of Freed Canyon Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Freed Canyon holds some the best, longest, and most accessible ice close to town.
Freed Canyon holds some the best, longest, and mos...
Freed Canyon Falls (Feb 2009).
Freed Canyon Falls (Feb 2009).
Dan rappels off of the route.  About 2/3rds of the pitch is visible.
Dan rappels off of the route. About 2/3rds of the...
Tom Byrne on Freed Canyon Falls. <br /> <br />Photo: Drew McLean.
Tom Byrne on Freed Canyon Falls.

Photo: Drew McLe...
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By benjohnson
Jan 18, 2010

Be aware of the private property issues here. The landowner is currently (Jan 2010) filing criminal trespass complaints and climbers are being cited for trespassing by the Durango police department. Even if you believe you are following the boundary of the private property, the landowner is claiming ownership of the falls itself, contrary to the forest/private boundaries indicated on topographical maps. Please contact the landowner for permission to climb here, so we don't lose access here forever.

By Dylan Weldin
From: Austin, Texas
Feb 21, 2012
rating: WI4+

In an effort to somewhat iron out the private property issues here, I contacted the Access Fund. Here is what I've learned:

EDIT: -Information removed due to private property issues-

By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Feb 22, 2012

Dylan,
I don't think we will ever have problems with the Williamson property, since he is a climber. We do need to have a serious discussion with him about securing an easement across his land to insure future access in case he ever sells it. Also, it is not the Mr. Nicholas's property you have to worry about, it is actually William Solecki's property.

P.S. Remember if you are hiking up to Freed and you take the path of least resistance (meaning in the creek or fire line to creek), you will be trespassing on Mr. Solecki's property. You have to hike up the hill and drop into the canyon to insure that you do not touch Mr. Solecki's property.

Ian A.

By Dylan Weldin
From: Austin, Texas
Feb 23, 2012
rating: WI4+

Ian, thanks for the additional information. At the request of Durango local Kevin Connolly, I have removed the GIS map and access beta that I previously provided. Perhaps the next step would be to get in touch with the Access Fund and go through all the proper formalities to ensure long term access.... Let me know if you'd like to collaborate on this project.