Type: Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 200 ft, Grade II
FA: Alpine Monkeys
Page Views: 253 total · 24/month
Shared By: Joshua Reinig on Dec 11, 2018
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

The Secret Flow is something my brother and I stumbled upon almost by accident in the winter of 2011. After years of trying to hunt down ice in Southern California and  countless days of getting shut down my brother reinforced the idea of a frozen seasonal waterfall we thought might be a good candidate in the right conditions. After three winters of working on the mountain as a biologist my brother indicates it might be in and what we found that day was that of a mini winter ice park right in our own back yard.
With over four different routes it is definitely worth checking out and have seen it come in on a number of occasions.
A good indicator would be if the Trough is in ideal shape this will be as well!

Location

The approach to this flow and the setting are a big part of the adventure. It is probably the mellowest approach for any ice I have found in Southern California proper and on a clear enough day hosts an amazing ocean view.
Approach via Ernie Maxwell trail as if you were taking the Lunch Rock approach. Instead of heading up towards Tahquitz continue down Ernie Maxwell Trail towards town probably around one and a half miles passing three obvious washes.  At third wash which is the most predominant drainage coming off the south side of Tahquitz head up this for about 1 mile until you hit the large slab that makes up the flow.

Protection

Standard rack of screws stubbies are useful.
Mixed rack useful, tree/gear anchors optional.

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