By mid-winter, an icefall usually forms in a gully just above the ghost town of Silverplume. The climb is visible from I-70 and provides a tempting retreat from the usually-heavy ski traffic. Due to the accessibility and visibility of this climb, the climb is fairly popular with beginning to intermediate climbers. Nonetheless, the area sees much less traffic than those in Boulder or Clear Creek Canyon.
Take I-70 West out of Denver. Just past Georgetown you reach the town of Silverplume on the right. Take exit #226, follow Water Street through town. The road turns into an old mining road that parallels I-70 and leads to some abandoned mining structures. Walk up the obvious frozen streambed to the falls. The approach typically requires crampons but the low-angle ice is not technical.
This is a fun, little romp up a streambed 1/2 miles west of Silverplume's parking area. It is obvious from road. Park just past a driveway in a pullout. Boulder hop the river. Cross I-70 carefully. Wander up to the ice through intermittently denser vegetation.P1. Climb 3 short WI2 steps to a flatter section. You can walk to next steeper bit.P2. WI2 right or WI3- left. It can be thin. This gets wet in the sun. Pick a cold day.Walk off 200-300 yards left to an obvious gully. Follow anim...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
Went to Silverplume on 11-13-02. Quite wet, chandeliered and minimal though fun with a little mixed on the sides. Not much climbing but at this time of year beggars can't be choosers, especially with such easy access.
Anchor beta--the top rope anchor on the very crest of the flow is nice, but it is on a big boulder that is not very firmly attached to the planet. It looks a little sketchy to me, and we took the right side downclimb rather than rap off the anchor.
Hi, my name is Tim and I am a sponsor of Cherry Creek High School's COLT Club, our outdoor club. I wanted to let everyone know that we are going to have a group of 8 students and 2 adults up at the Silverplume ice on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014. We are hoping to have three ropes up for most of the day, and it seems the ice is not in to its fullest extent, so there are not as many lines available as there can be. We are certainly willing to work with whoever else is up there on Saturday but just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Thanks! Happy climbing!