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This is an obvious flow that you see from the parking lot before the snowplow closure 3.5 miles up CR 361 from the south end of Ouray. It's in a shade, so it comes in early. With low avy danger and easy approach, this is a good warm-up climb. Depending on the line you choose, it could be either WI3 or WI5ish...
Hike up straight up from the parking lot (snow could be waist deep) and follow the creek bed (there is a short low angle ice bulge some may want to rope up for) or go up the road to the first switchback and pick a climber's trail skirting a ridgeline in the trees above the drainage until you see the rock amphitheater with the falls to the right.
Eds. This route has been added multiple times to the database. While it is not obvious to those new to the site, the climb was claimed to be on private land and the landowner insisted on removing information and photos to the climb. Apparently, locals have indicated the climb was surveyed and found to be off this private property. We have subsequently restored this second submission. Thanks for your understanding.
You can see this climb from the parking lot before the snowplow closure 3.5 miles up CR 361 from the south end of Ouray.
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From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Feb 13, 2012
My first ice climb ever (winter of 79/80), with crazyman Bob Dickerson. I had a Hummingbird in one hand, Chouinard ice hammer in the other and Chouinard rigid crampons (black anodized) w/neoprene straps. Bob cruised it and didn't put in any pro until the belay (he was regularly free-soloing Bridalveil in those days). The ice was so thin that I could see water flowing on the frontpoints through the ice. I sold my ice equipment about a month later.