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Louise Falls 


Type:  Ice, 3 pitches, 350'
Original: WI4-5 [details]
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Feb 14, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: Louise Falls 02/16/2014


Louise Falls is the gem of the area and has the crowds to prove it. Expect company on weekends. The climb is often very wide, making different lines possible. The crux final pillar(s) can be kicked out casual WI4 or dead vertical hard WI5.

Beware of the daggers while on route!

P1-2 70m: Climb up to the center belay cave from the ground in one long pitch if possible. Some folks break this up into two pitches and build a belay in the safest looking spot. Mind the overhead hazard.

P3 30m: The crux. Turn the curtain from the belay cave and head straight up. The top has trees and the casual walkoff.


From the Lake Louise Chateau, the route is obvious at the back right side of the lake. Follow the sled trail around the lake or walk across the frozen lake.

Walk off climbers right (usually a donkey trail) and otter slide back down to the base. Very quick. The route can be also be rapped, but with the crowds the walk off is highly encouraged, easier, and safer.



Photos of Louise Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Shenanigans before starting Lake Louise Falls
Shenanigans before starting Lake Louise Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself on the crux pillar - February 2012
BETA PHOTO: Myself on the crux pillar - February 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the climb, great belay to right
Looking up at the climb, great belay to right
Rock Climbing Photo: Feb 2013 conditions
Feb 2013 conditions
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking up
Hiking up
Rock Climbing Photo: Mary Beth and Amy setting up the second rappel.
Mary Beth and Amy setting up the second rappel.
Rock Climbing Photo: Louise Falls. Nate Erickson on the 1st pitch. Feb ...
Louise Falls. Nate Erickson on the 1st pitch. Feb ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Louise Falls, spring 2011
Louise Falls, spring 2011

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By Dara
From: Peep's republic
Jul 12, 2014

This is a *must do* route. Solid WI3 climbing with a nice short pillar as the crux. Great views/photos from the cave behind the pillar with the lake and the Lodge in the background. After a few raps, glissade back to the lakeside trail to applause from the tourists in the horse-drawn sled. Don't follow the sled too closely--the horses are well-fed.
By Lzpup Brewster
From: santee, ca
Feb 24, 2015

Bolts added around the first corner just above the good belay spot at bottom right. Bolts added in cave in between Pillars , can split into three if you want to keep partner in view and use bolts.
By Chris Walden
From: Soldotna, Alaska
Mar 31, 2016
rating: WI4

After some hunting never could find the bolts at the top of the first pitch... guessing they were buried under the snow/ice which there was a lot of.
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Feb 6, 2017

It's quite a short 1st pitch using the bolted anchor, puts your belayer in a very safe location. Will likely not have verbal communication if you go to the cave on P2.

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