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This is a beautiful area just south of Ouray as you go up to Red Mountain Pass. Classic routes such as Sunsplash, Bear Creek Falls, Horsetail Falls, Wild Horses, and Solar Circus are along this road. Major avalanche risk exists after signficant snow falls. Beware of big bowls above these climbs. Sun aspect may be important to consider here.
This area is South of Ouray along US Highway 550 up to Red Mountain Pass. Climbs are generally visible from the road. Approaches are generally short.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for US Highway 550:
Blue Condition WI5 Ice, 2 pitches, 300'
Bear Creek Falls WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'
Cascade Falls WI4 Ice, 2 pitches
Gravity's Rainbow WI5 M3+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 500'
Kennedy's Gully WI4 Trad, Ice, 6 pitches, 1000'
Horsetail Falls WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'
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Kennedy's Gully WI4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
Climb can be broken up many ways, and many might prefer to simul sections of moderate terrain.P1 - A couple short steps of easy ice that finish at a tree with slings (WI3).A short stretch of snow leads to the obvious second pitch.P2 - A long pitch (175'?) of usually thin ice (WI4). Belay at fixed rock gear in the left wall.P3/4 - 300-400' of snow and short easy ice/mixed steps. Simul or pitch-it-out.P5 - Thin but low-angle ice (WI3). Belay at fixed pins on the right.P6/7 - More thin ice, a littl...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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