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Elevation: 6,839 ft
GPS: 39.616, -105.214 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Brian Tessier on Dec 6, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Lover's Leap is on the south side of US Highway 285 a few miles west of CO Highway 470 and a mile or so east of Parmalee Gulch. Under the right conditions, there are many possibilities for mixed, alpine-style climbs.

Getting There

The best approach from the Denver metro area is to drive south on US 285 exit at Parmalee Gulch/Indian Hills and head back down canyon to a large pull-off directly below the cliff. From the parking area, walk down the embankment towards the creek then look for a small rocky gully and head up on a well used trail. Allow 30 minutes for the approach.

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Brian Tessier
Lakehood, Colorado
Brian Tessier   Lakehood, Colorado
My guess is snow covered rock. Dec 8, 2009
What's it like now? All powder over granite, or is there still a smattering of ice? Dec 7, 2009
Brian Tessier
Lakehood, Colorado
Brian Tessier   Lakehood, Colorado
Timing and patience is everything!
It was climbable for a few days last month and then it was gone.
Being lucky helps, too!
ED: Buff you're correct. We used the descent anchors on the way up. Dec 7, 2009
It's a rarity and scary as hell because it's so blocky & usually unconsolidated, if anything. Hats off to Brian for giving it a go; it looks like the line they worked is the typical summer descent area.

You can get lucky (or shut down) on the Standard line with the final off-fingers hand-crack having some ice; but it's a rarity as well. Dec 7, 2009
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
I'm curious. I've driven by here off and on over the years, but it's been fairly infrequent that I've seen any significant ice here. For the locals, does ice form here every year? Early season? Certain alignment of the stars? Dec 7, 2009

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