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Routes in Ames Wall

Ames Falls T WI4
Ames Falls Practice Area T WI3-4
Ames Ice Chode WI3
Ames Ice Hose T WI5 M6 R
Belly of the Beast T WI5+ M6-7 C1 X
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Description

This is the steep, 600 foot cliff overlooking the tiny village of Ames. Ames Wall boasts Ames Ice Hose, and the forest below has a few shorter, easier waterfalls. There is a flow of ice that forms to the right end of this wall.

Getting There

From Telluride, drive west for 10 minutes or so to 145. Take a left on 145. Drive for another 10 or 15 minutes in a southernly direction, passing Mountain Village (sneakable hot tubs!) and Alta Lakes (good place to park the truck for the night) on your left. Take a right on road 625, AKA Iliam RD. Drive 2 minutes, and take a left on Ames Rd towards the obvious Ames Station, the first power station to generate and transmit AC current, apparently. Park at the station.

Ames Wall is reached by taking the trail to the NE of the station, past the green house on your left, following the powerlines to an old railbed. Don't take the right fork down into the drainage that is used for the Ames Practice Falls & possibly Ames Falls. Follow the railbed for 30 minutes or so to reach the base of the scree/trees leading up to Ames Wall and, on the far north end of the wall, Ames Ice Hose.

The shorter waterfalls are encountered in the forest below the railbed, NE of the station.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ames Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
Ames Falls
Trad, Ice
WI5 M6 R
Ames Ice Hose
Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ames Falls WI4 Trad, Ice
Ames Ice Hose WI5 M6 R Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
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