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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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Flag Mountain Falls WI4-5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Pine River
This is the large, two-tiered waterfall off to the east of the trail. It comes down a western aspect near Flag Mountain. Anyone who has hiked the Pine River trail out to the Pope's Nose has seen it. It is a really fun ice climb in a remote and scenic location.P1 & P2 climb the lower falls. They are about 300' in total. There are trees all along the right side for anchors and this section can be broken up as desired. We did it in one long pitch with an 80m rope and some simul-climbing. (WI3/4)Fro...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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