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BETA PHOTO: Overview early December, 2002.


By mid-winter, an icefall usually forms in a gully just above the ghost town of Silverplume. The climb is visible from I-70 and provides a tempting retreat from the usually-heavy ski traffic. Due to the accessibility and visibility of this climb, the climb is fairly popular with beginning to intermediate climbers. Nonetheless, the area sees much less traffic than those in Boulder or Clear Creek Canyon.

Getting There 

Take I-70 West out of Denver. Just past Georgetown you reach the town of Silverplume on the right. Take exit #226, follow Water Street through town. The road turns into an old mining road that parallels I-70 and leads to some abandoned mining structures. Walk up the obvious frozen streambed to the falls. The approach typically requires crampons but the low-angle ice is not technical.

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Silverplume Falls WI3  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : Silverplume & vicinity
Silverplume Falls forms a wide amphitheater of 60-80 degree ice at the head of the ravine. The formation consists of a short, lower-step followed by a short ledge and finally a longer steep section that is the main section of the climb. The area is wide enough to accommodate several parties, and many variations are possible. The ice, however, is usually thick and homogeneous with all routes fairly similar. Some easy mixed climbing can be had to the edges of the climb. The ice is on the southern...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Cubby
Dec 4, 2001
This is in enough for some climbing, the ice is almost Alpine in nature, but fun, watch out for lots of other climbers as this is about the only ice close to Denver
By Mark Wheaton
Dec 27, 2001
Falls are sunbaked but still fat enough to climb. Ice is wet.
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 15, 2002
Went to Silverplume on 11-13-02. Quite wet, chandeliered and minimal though fun with a little mixed on the sides. Not much climbing but at this time of year beggars can't be choosers, especially with such easy access.
By Lee Smith
Feb 6, 2007
Anchor beta--the top rope anchor on the very crest of the flow is nice, but it is on a big boulder that is not very firmly attached to the planet. It looks a little sketchy to me, and we took the right side downclimb rather than rap off the anchor.
By Will Hunt
Mar 10, 2010
Does anyone know who owns the property at this location?
By Tim Kirkpatrick
Jan 23, 2014
Hi, my name is Tim and I am a sponsor of Cherry Creek High School's COLT Club, our outdoor club. I wanted to let everyone know that we are going to have a group of 8 students and 2 adults up at the Silverplume ice on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014. We are hoping to have three ropes up for most of the day, and it seems the ice is not in to its fullest extent, so there are not as many lines available as there can be. We are certainly willing to work with whoever else is up there on Saturday but just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Thanks! Happy climbing!
By Rick Casey
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Feb 11, 2017
Silver Plume is DONE for the 2017 season...unless there is some massive cold freeze later this season in the crazy weather we've had recently.

Went up today with some hope but discovered there was almost NOTHING left on this south-facing wall. There was one small, shallow ice curtain on the left, which would not support any ice screws on lead or even a toprope.

There is no more ice climbing there unless there is some massive freeze that drastically changes conditions after Feb. 11, 2017 for this season.


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