Mountain Project Logo

Routes in Narrows, Redstone, McClure Pass

Avocado Gully T WI3-4 M2
Bulldog Creek Dog Walk WI4+
Cold Heaven T WI4+
Crystal Visions T WI4-5
Dancing in the Moonlight WI4- M2
Dirty Linen Gully T WI2+ M2
Drool, The WI4-5
Hays Creek Falls T WI2
Marble Falls T WI4
Redstone Pillar T WI4
Redstone Slabs WI5
Stoney Fest T WI5+ M5 R
Type: Trad, Ice
FA: Unknown 70's (Shea, Dawson, Kennedy??)
Page Views: 3,501 total, 19/month
Shared By: Reese Martin on Feb 28, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

You & This Route

19 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do

Your Star Rating:

     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:

-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick


This is a Colorado mega-classic. This is the Coors beer waterfall.

The left side of the falls is a bit easier than the steeper right side. A lot of water is running underneath & the top of the falls is usually very thin & exciting. More than one person has broken through & had to chop their way out. A single 60 meter rope will get you down.


Usually you can climb Marble Falls with 4 to 6 long ice screws. The "window" of thin ice at the top may require a runout.

The Approach

Take CO Hwy 133 towards McClure Pass from Carbondale to the Marble road (left). Go 4 miles toward Marble to a bridge & windsock, you will be able to see the falls on the right. Cross the bridge, take the 1st left into the subdivision of vacation homes, go about 1/2 mile to a right, take it up hill to an open gate. Park discreetly here. Walk up the road about 200 yards to a left turn, you should see a stomped out trail on the right. 15 minutes up the trail is Marble Falls.

Toprope Protection

There are 3+ fixed pins & webbing anchor on the right at the top. It's a bit back from the top of the climb, so bring a cordette or long slings for TR. There is no easy way to get to the top of Marble Falls. Lead it.
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
Some people enjoy sharing their experiences with others and like to see them get the same joy and satisfaction out of something. Bitching about a site like this, especially when this particular climb has been in guidebooks for some time now, is just silliness. Mar 8, 2007
It's sites like this that provide too much info, instead of letting people figure the situation our for themselves. For some reason, it's an American trait, telling everyone how much you know about a subject. What insecurity this represents. No wonder there is all this access issues, too many people with info they haven't earned, crossing someone else's properties, you'd be mad too if hordes of Front Range gapers crossed your property! [Eds. Life is short, gracious people like to share. Peace.] Feb 8, 2004
Did Marble Falls on Saturday. Last 20 feet hollow. Place your tools lightly! Jan 21, 2003