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Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow)
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Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow) 

Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow) 


Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus: WI3 [details]
FA: Bryan Ferguson & Jay ..., 1979
Season: most winters
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Feb 15, 2011

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1/11/14. The thread and screw are ~100' from the ...


This is not really worth the hike if you're seeking steepness.

If you are still determined, the climb is ~120' from the base of the ice to the top of the main bit. It tends to thin out and get hollow near the top. The second bit involves a few ramps of lower angle ice. There are no fixed anchors.


Windy Saddle is a few miles up the Lookout Mountain Road, officially called Lariat Loop. The ice is a long way down below (~1600' by the map), on the west side of the parking lot. The flow is very well hidden and can't be seen from either the overlook or down on US 6. The easiest way to spot it is from the Stumbling Block, across the canyon. When the river is frozen, approach from below (~1000' gain). Otherwise, hiking down from Windy Saddle is possible but very strenuous.


Ice screws.

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Photo taken Feb. 14, 2011.
BETA PHOTO: Photo taken Feb. 14, 2011.
Jay, Secret Waterfall, 1979. <br /> <br />Photo by Bryan Ferguson.
Jay, Secret Waterfall, 1979.

Photo by Bryan Fergu...
Deb enjoys the conditions.
Deb enjoys the conditions.

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By Bryan Ferguson
From: Castle Rock
Dec 6, 2011
rating: WI3

Funny to see the Secret Waterfall "outed” – I’ve been going there most every year since 1979. Jay and I simul-soloed it in '79. I think it's solid WI 3.

Best approach is from above. Drop off the Beaver Brook trail at the rock outcropping well before the Secret Icefall drainage. Before the Beaver Brook Trail was in, we approached from below. Not too bad, but the river crossing can be dangerous.
By Bryan Ferguson
From: Castle Rock
Mar 27, 2012
rating: WI3

We called this the "Secret Waterfall" for 30 years prior to the Windy Saddle naming. What do you think, should we go with Secret Waterfall?