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US Highway 550

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Oak Creek Falls 
Over The Rainbow 

US Highway 550  


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

Description 

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

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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   
Kennedy's Gully   WI4     Trad, Ice, 6 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
Cascade Falls in fat conditions.

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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By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 1, 2010
CONDITION REPORT 
Kennedyís Gully has some exposed rock and running water at the top of the second pitch that you canít 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.