Elevation: 9,247 ft
GPS: 37.647, -106.538 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Bruestle on Mar 15, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Ice Climbing

Wolf Creek Pass has no access fees.

There are plenty of places to buy beer. The biggie is the Mexican food. Try the Taqueria and Nino's in Alamosa. Three Barrels Brewery in Del Norte is a good start for pizza and beer.  The SLV Brewing Company brew pub has good microbrews and food.

Classic routes are anything on Wolf Creek or up above Crestone. Try Treasure Falls, Tasty Freeze, or Willow Falls.

As far as history goes: Jack Hunt (The first American on Chamonix's Supercouloir and Local Badass) and Alan Haverfield were most likely the first ice climbers in the area. Jack and Alan have most of the first ascents, too. The rangers at the Sand Dunes have a few also. A few years back, Jack and a Czech kid, Jacob Gajda, put up lots of insane mixed stuff.

Getting There

It's pretty easy to get into the Mysterious Valley. Just take US 285 either south or north, or 160 east or west. Just like if you were going to Penitente.

You can get beta at Casa de Madera Sports in Del Norte, or at Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa. Both are on US Hwy 160.

The guidebook for the area is: "Life By The Drop: Ice and Mixed Climbs Surrounding Colorado's San Luis Valley" by Jack Hunt.

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