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Elk Falls 


Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Original: WI2- [details]
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Season: ice
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Submitted By: rob bauer on Jan 29, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: Photo copied from the SSP page, view from Elk Fall...


This has a beautiful 5 mile hike for 25-40 feet of ice, in 2 steps. It is perfect for the folks collecting the whole set, but unless it forms as one long drop at the start of the season, I'd say once was enough.

Remember they close the park at 5pm in the winter!


It is almost as far away as you can get in the park. GET THE MAP when you check in! (The climb is shown on the cover.) I'll repost the State Park map, there are a few ways there.

We followed the Staunton Ranch trail 2 miles, went left on the Scout Line trail for 1.5 miles, and went left on the Marmot Passage trail for about a mile. At this point, you will have made 180 degree turn, and at this flattish area, we angled left into the woods and found a few switchbacks marked with blue flagging down to the glades (marshy area, which is really cool). Once here, a climbers' trail heads left (South) to the back of a large rock formation (Chimney Rock). The trail crosses to the right side (West) of this formation and follows a pretty good trail to the base of the climbable ice.

When we came out, we reversed it back up to the Marmot Passage trail and took it all the way to the Staunton Ranch trail. This is longer, but with less steep hiking, it may be better.


Ice screws.

Photos of Elk Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The rock above is apparently Chimney Rock. About h...
BETA PHOTO: The rock above is apparently Chimney Rock. About h...
Rock Climbing Photo: Right side.
BETA PHOTO: Right side.
Rock Climbing Photo: The ice flow in 2013.
The ice flow in 2013.
Rock Climbing Photo: Staunton State Park map.
Staunton State Park map.
Rock Climbing Photo: Left side. (Tim cruising.)
BETA PHOTO: Left side. (Tim cruising.)

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By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Jan 31, 2015

I'm curious where the Castle name came from. I thought it was called Chimney Rock.
By Kirk Miller
From: Golden, CO
Feb 2, 2015

The formation is labeled "Chimney Rock" on the USGS topo map.
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Feb 2, 2015

My error; thought I saw it on a photo. Fixed in the text. Thanks.

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