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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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Cascade Falls WI4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
This route is a classic; its size, visibility, and once in a blue moon trait of actually being in are the reasons that come to mind. You need to hit it during a cloudy cold snap since it faces south. When I did it, it was pretty mushy....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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