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The Pine River Trailhead is most commonly known and used for accessing the Pope's Nose, as well as some newer climbing that has taken place near the Indian Creek drainage. However, during the colder months, the Pine River valley has good potential for ice and mixed routes. This is a remote and scenic place for climbing. The approaches are long, and climbing routes out here typically requires at least a full day, maybe more. The Pine River trail passes through private property for the first three miles. Please be respectful and stay on the trail until after the wilderness boundary is reached.
Follow CR501 around Vallecito Reservoir to the east side, and continue towards the Pine River Campground. During the winter, the road is usually plowed to within 1/4 mile of the summer parking lot.
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Granite Peak Smear WI3-4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Pine River
This small smear sits across the river up on the hillside and takes some effort to reach. This will most likely be the first ice seen after passing the wilderness boundary. It consists of one pitch of slightly less than vertical ice that can be thin. There are two possible finishes, both of which end at trees....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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