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Bear Creek Falls T 
Blue Condition 
Bride's Veil aka Skyrocket 
Cascade Falls 
Ephemeral Cortex 
Gravity's Rainbow T 
Ha Dov  
Horsetail Falls T 
Kennedy's Gully T 
Oak Creek Falls 
Over The Rainbow 
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US Highway 550 Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Engineer Pass, US Hwy 550, Feb., 2008.


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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in US Highway 550

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for US Highway 550:
Bear Creek Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   
Over The Rainbow   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Blue Condition   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Cascade Falls   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   
Kennedy's Gully   WI4     Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1000'   
Gravity's Rainbow   WI5 M3     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 500'   
Horsetail Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For US Highway 550
Rock Climbing Photo: P1, 2/13/4.

Gravity's Rainbow WI5 M3  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
Just S of Ouray is a beautiful amphitheatre at the Engineer Pass turnoff with some gorgeous ice climbs like Mixed Emotions, Kennedy's Gully, Blue Condition, Abraxas, Gravity's Rainbow, & Over the Rainbow. J. Roberts' Colorado Ice describes this as one of the top 5 ice climbs in the Ouray area. Perhaps with wonderful books like Vertigo Games by G. Randall or simply a drive over the Million Dollar highway towards Red Mountain Pass, the curiosity of many of climber is peaked and...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 1, 2010
Kennedy’s Gully has some exposed rock and running water at the top of the second pitch that you can’t really see from below. Maybe it is pretty normal for this climb....
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 20, 2003
Record highs in the area, ice is melting, again. Lets hope the weather changes soon.

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