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BETA PHOTO: Hidden Falls: 9 Jan. 07. The ice was quite hard an...


This is an organizational entry for the RMNP mixed/ice database. It includes ice climbs along the North St. Vrain drainage and possibly others if folks find things to climb along other waterways.

This is the most southern section of RMNP on the eastern side. Here lies a sprinkling of ice and mixed routes, including one of the more popular ice climbs in RMNP, Hidden Falls. If you're headed to Hidden Falls, expect a crowd (upwards of 20 people have wandered in), but take delight if you find solitude. Further uphill lies Ouzel Falls, a 50' climb which can be buried in snow by mid-winter. Even further uphill lies the potential for even grander adventures like Eagle Lake Ice. Probably, some of the more adventuresome souls like Duncan may have ventured here, but don't expect a well-packed trail. Beyond Ouzel Falls, few souls wander in the middle of winter.

Getting There 

From CO 7, perhaps 10 miles south of Estes Park, find the well-marked Wild Basin entrance (as of 2008, still no fee during the winter). Drive west as far as the road is plowed. This is usually ~1 mile short of the summer road terminus. Park. Walk, snowshoe, or ski in ~1.5 miles. You can take the horse trail on the south side of the creek or pass Copeland Falls and carefully cross the creek. Note pools in the creek can be quite deep.

Continue up the summer trail if headed to Ouzel Falls (3.7 miles) or further to Eagle Lake Ice.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wild Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wild Basin:
Hidden Falls (main)   WI4-     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Hidden Falls
The Dangler   WI5 M7-     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Hidden Falls
Small Flow (right)   WI4+ M5+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 90'   Hidden Falls
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The Ruff Route M9  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hidden Falls
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By Tom Walker
Jan 18, 2008
Decided to climb Hidden Falls today. The conditions were cold (10F), but no wind and no new snow. The main flow was pretty chopped up and as Jim mentioned 5 days ago, you don't need to swing much, just hook. The water started running while we were there so I am hoping that it can heal up the ice soon. I lead the small ice to the left of the main flow, and it was really brittle. Hard to get in a couple of screws, but a nice little climb.
By jbarnum
From: Denver, CO
Feb 19, 2008
Climbed it today, still in to the top. Very chopped out, but still fun. The side flows are wet and fresh, but getting thinner.

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