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Routes in Bear Creek

Elevation: 9,500 ft
GPS: 37.93, -107.806 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Chris Wenker on Dec 28, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Bear Creek drains the high peaks and basins immediately south of Telluride. In 1995, the San Miguel Conservation Foundation and the Town of Telluride acquired 320 acres adjacent to town and designated it as the Bear Creek Preserve. The preserve was recently expanded to include a total of 381 acres.

Ice climbs in Bear Creek Valley are described by Burns (1997) and Roberts (2005). Burns' guidebook covers the area around the main Bear Creek Falls fairly well, while Roberts' describes a series of shorter flows and ice-bouldering in the lower gorge.

Getting There

The Bear Creek Trail trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of South Pine Street in Telluride. Finding some on-street parking for the trailhead can be problematic. The trail follows an old roadbed, and provides an easy, low-gradient approach into the valley. Roberts' guidebook (2005:253) indicates that the ice flows in the lower gorge can be reached after only a 20-minute hike. The area of the main Bear Creek Falls lies much farther in, about 2.5 miles up the canyon.

In winter, take your Silvretta rig on the approach if you can; your descent back to town will be that much more fun.

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