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Routes in East Vail Falls area

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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 31, 2004
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Description

This is another small, amphitheatre of limestone with a somewhat-known climb.

This was once listed incorrectly (maybe not per Princess Mia) as Pitkin Falls, another name used for it.

It lies West of Timber Falls/Firehouse and West of Secret Cicle/The Club and a good way East of Spiral Stairs/Designator area. It can be viewed from I-70 just before the East Vail exit or from Lupine Dr or Bighorn Rd. It is often accessed from parking areas on Bighorn Rd with a short walk through the neighborhood. There appears to be a vacant lot of land just below the climb. Apparently, there is legal access via open space access.

There are at least the main ice line plus a couple mixed TR lines to play on to either side of the ice. There is a short pitch of ice above the main flow.

2 ropes are useful if you rap. It's about 110 feet to the trees. You can find a steep descent to the left of the climb.

Getting There

To access the area, go East from the E Vail exit onto Bighorn Rd. Find a legal parking spot (they tow). Note, Vail parking laws supposedly prohibit parking along streets unless posted as allowed. Walk along the road until below the climb. Approach unobtrusively.

L->R:

A. Unknown, M5-6, 1p, 110', TR.
B. East Vail Falls (aka Pitkin Creek Falls), WI3-4, 1-2p, 110-140', screws.

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East Vail Falls (aka Pitkin Creek Falls)
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East Vail Falls (aka Pitkin… WI3-4 Trad, Ice 2 pitches
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Princess Mia   Vail
Well... I wouldn't say it has been "incorrectly" called Pitkin Falls.

In fact, it has been called Pitkin Falls since at least the late '80s. Of course, this should not to be confused with Pitkin Creek Falls, which is something completely different!!!
Now, this ice flow is NOT part of Pitkin Creek but instead faces Pitkin Creek and is located above where Pitkin Creek enters Gore Creek, hence the name. Sort of like Firehouse is located above the firehouse, and Racquet Club is located above the racquet club.....go figure.

Pitkin Falls is now designated open space and a new sign marks it as East Vail Falls, but I assume the sign and name came from Town of Vail and from non-climbers, but I don't know for sure.

As for parking...don't even consider parking along the road there. Not only will you get a ticket, but you will probably get towed.... And in Vail that is not cheap.... Trust me on this one!!! Feb 6, 2012
funkyicemonkey
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funkyicemonkey   Colorado
Terrific climb. Why this is not more popular is amazing, no one is ever here, it is an easy walk in two (badly placed) bolts for a lower off. Great fun and plenty of opportunity to put up mixed routed. A gem. Dec 27, 2011

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