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 feet, Grade III
Cascade Falls WI4 Ice, 2 pitches
Kennedy's Gully WI4 Trad, Ice, 6 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade IV
Horsetail Falls WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500 feet, Grade II
Gravity's Rainbow WI5 M3+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III
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Blue Condition WI5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
Blue Condition is a nice variation to the second pitch of Kennedy’s Gully. It basically consists of 2 pitches of steeper ice. Approach as for Kennedy’s Gully; i.e. hike back down towards Ouray from the Engineer Pass parking area for a few hundred feet until another gully is on your right. Climb the gully to the base of the ice. A short pitch of WI 3 or so will serve as a starter. Next, slog up the short snow slop above the 1st pitch to reach a small amphitheater that forms the...[more] Browse More Classics in CO