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Wolf Creek Pass- West Side

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Alpha Male T 
Cub, The T 
Little (female wolf), The 
Miller's Tale 
See Through 
Sheep's Clothing 
Solo Lobo 
Tasty Freeze 
Treasure Falls T 
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Wolf Creek Pass- West Side  

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BETA PHOTO: Topless (Upper Wolf Creek Falls)


The west side of Wolf Creek contains many of the larger climbs in the greater San Luis Valley vacinity, including Tasty Freeze and Treasure Falls. At least 15 climbs anywhere from WI3 to WI5.

Getting There 

These climbs start a few miles down the pass and end just below Treasure Falls on Hwy 160.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

12 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wolf Creek Pass- West Side:
Alpha Male   WI5     Trad, Ice   
Treasure Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Solo Lobo WI5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Wolf Creek Pass- West Side
Fun and strenuous route that seems to form intermittently from ice dams/snow melt after Remus forms. Crux is likely the first 20' on a hollow-sounding column. Then its just hanging on till you get to the top. Belay off trees (there may be a sling there) after slogging up and left. Best route in this cirque!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Jan 20, 2002
Sheep's Clothing, Treasure Falls, Alpha Male, and Tasty Freeze are all in. Some of these are steeper than usual.
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Feb 3, 2002
West Side of Wolf Creek Pass is looking good. All of the following are in: Topless/The Den, Sheep's Clothing, Alpha Male, The Cub, Miller's Tale (thin at top), Johnny-Come-Lately, Treasure Falls, Tasty Freeze. Enjoy.
By Hamish Gowans
From: Golden, CO
Feb 4, 2002
Den (only climb in at this location -named Topless?) aerated at bottom and sunrotted and very thin/hollow at top. Vertical in the middle. 2/2/02
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Feb 20, 2002
Climbed Topless yesterday. It is approx. 70 feet of south facing ice at 10,400 feet. The left side is pretty good WI4. The right side is WI5 yet has much water running under it, and doesn't appear to be attached to the rock at all. The top of the climb sounds very hollow and the finish is rock with the stream running over it. This creates a heavily iced and vey wet rope. The climb creaks a lot too. Check this one out from the road. Like it says in the book, if the top is all exposed rock(like it is now)it isn't recommended. After colder overcast days this climb would be awesome.
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Feb 24, 2002
Like the rest of the country, Wolf Creek Pass has been very warm this winter. Most of the south facing climbs are sun beat. See-Through, in particular, is not safe to climb. Try it next December.
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Oct 5, 2008
If you have never climbed on this side of the pass, here are a few things to consider which will hopefully help you get maximum value from your experience.

First, almost all these climbs are awesome, classic lines and will be fun to climb. Most of these climbs are isolated and have an approach that, while not long, will eat up time, so plan on not getting in a large volume of climbing in any one day. These climbs are almost exclusively WI4 or WI5 since the large volume of snow completely covers other lower angle possibilities. Plan on using snowshoes to get to any of these except maybe Treasure Falls (I still always bring them- the approach is longer than it looks and there is no guarantee there will be a trail in).

There are only two groups of multiple climbs which consistently form up. The most dependable is the Alpha Male group (Alpha Male, Little Bitch, Sheep's Clothing (and its variant)) form up consistently and last all season- the first in and the last to go out. The second group is the Romulus/Remus/Solo Lobo group which only forms up late in the season due to their melt fed nature and are threatened by lots of avy danger until then anyway.

No rock gear is needed on this side of the pass as the rock is crap.

Almost all routes except Treasure Falls are threatened by avy danger in some way but usually both on the approach and from above. Wolf Creek Pass has a whole different weather pattern than other parts of the state, so really look carefully at local conditions before committing to these routes.

All that being said, the 3-4 star routes would all be major attractions anywhere else, you will never wait in line and will never climb a beat up route (except possibly Treasure). Have fun!
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Dec 21, 2014
I've started posting conditions for the entire pass as best as I know them on the Wolf Creek Pass overview page instead of spending the time putting things on individual pages.
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