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By mid-winter, an icefall usually forms in a gully just above the ghost town of Silverplume. The climb is visible from I-70 and provides a tempting retreat from the usually-heavy ski traffic. Due to the accessibility and visibility of this climb, the climb is fairly popular with beginning to intermediate climbers. Nonetheless, the area sees much less traffic than those in Boulder or Clear Creek Canyon.

Getting There

Take I-70 West out of Denver. Just past Georgetown you reach the town of Silverplume on the right. Take exit #226, follow Water Street through town. The road turns into an old mining road that parallels I-70 and leads to some abandoned mining structures. Walk up the obvious frozen streambed to the falls. The approach typically requires crampons but the low-angle ice is not technical.

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This is in enough for some climbing, the ice is almost Alpine in nature, but fun, watch out for lots of other climbers as this is about the only ice close to Denver Dec 4, 2001
Falls are sunbaked but still fat enough to climb. Ice is wet. Dec 27, 2001
Went to Silverplume on 11-13-02. Quite wet, chandeliered and minimal though fun with a little mixed on the sides. Not much climbing but at this time of year beggars can't be choosers, especially with such easy access. Nov 15, 2002
Anchor beta--the top rope anchor on the very crest of the flow is nice, but it is on a big boulder that is not very firmly attached to the planet. It looks a little sketchy to me, and we took the right side downclimb rather than rap off the anchor. Feb 6, 2007
Does anyone know who owns the property at this location? Mar 10, 2010
Hi, my name is Tim and I am a sponsor of Cherry Creek High School's COLT Club, our outdoor club. I wanted to let everyone know that we are going to have a group of 8 students and 2 adults up at the Silverplume ice on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014. We are hoping to have three ropes up for most of the day, and it seems the ice is not in to its fullest extent, so there are not as many lines available as there can be. We are certainly willing to work with whoever else is up there on Saturday but just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Thanks! Happy climbing! Jan 23, 2014
Rick Casey
Fort Collins, CO
Rick Casey   Fort Collins, CO
Silver Plume is DONE for the 2017 season...unless there is some massive cold freeze later this season in the crazy weather we've had recently.

Went up today with some hope but discovered there was almost NOTHING left on this south-facing wall. There was one small, shallow ice curtain on the left, which would not support any ice screws on lead or even a toprope.

There is no more ice climbing there unless there is some massive freeze that drastically changes conditions after Feb. 11, 2017 for this season.

--Rick Feb 11, 2017
Dillon Blanksma
Golden, CO
Dillon Blanksma   Golden, CO
When it's dark and snowing, it's difficult to see the abandoned mining structures at the end of Water St. These structures are just BEFORE you cross under I-70 (after the underpass, Water St. becomes Silver Valley Rd). Park near the abandoned mining structures, and walk West along I-70 (also along or in the stream bed for Clear Creek) for maybe 100 yards, then take a right (North) toward the falls (not visible at this point) up another stream bed - this is the water source for the falls. If you have any issues deciding when to leave the main creek bed and head north toward the falls, Google Maps names the water source Brown Gulch. As mentioned in Getting There, you probably want crampons to ascend Brown Gulch toward Silverplume Falls as there can be hidden ice under snow if there is snow. Jan 22, 2018