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Bear Creek Gorge TR WI3-4
Main Bear Creek Falls WI3-4
Upper Bear Creek Falls WI2-3
Type: TR, Ice, 50 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 905 total, 19/month
Shared By: Jason Himick on Jan 26, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This area offers around a dozen different lines of water ice and mixed climbing ranging from WI2-4+ and up to M4. One might call it Telluride's mini-ice park. The canyon is beautiful, is easy to hike to from town, and sees some mid-day sun on clear days.


There are two ways to get to Bear Creek Gorge. If you're staying in town, walk to the south end of South Pine St. where the Bear Creek Trail begins. The trail is a wide road grade and popular with skiers, so keep your head up and watch for folks coming downhill. Follow the trail to the southeast for approximately 1/2 miles. Where you see water draining down the hillside on the right, you'll want to step into the woods on the left and start looking for the top of the ice flows. There's usually a boot pack to follow. Rappel to the base of the climbs.

The other way to access the gorge is by driving or walking to Telluride Town Park on the east side of downtown. Follow the walking path toward the sledding hill, just east of the main stage. Find the trail (not well marked) that heads up the east side of the sledding hill, there's usually a boot-pack to follow. As the trail gets close to the rim of the gorge on the left, look for a ramp to drop in, and follow the bottom of the gorge to the base of the climbs. If you can't find the way into the gorge (which usually doesn't have a boot pack), simply keep hiking up the trail until it intersects with Bear Creek Trail, and follow the directions outlined above.


Almost all these climbs can be top-roped. Many lines can be lead using 3-5 screws.