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The Falls Walls Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Dane Casterson on Jun 25, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: Location of the walls relative to the falls.


These are a great couple of walls set above Telluride to the right of Bridal Veil Falls. All the rock is Telluride Conglomerate and is full of pockets. The rock quality was good for the most part with a bit of loose stuff in some areas. This area is only in the sun until about noon.

Getting There 

To get there, drive east out of Telluride and start your odometer when the road turns to dirt. Drive 1.5 miles and park near a large boulder with a cable on the top of it. Make sure not to park right in front of the boulder, because it's private property. Hike to the right side of the boulder, cross the creek, and continue up to the walls ahead. It takes about thirty minutes. When I forded the creek, it came to about mid-thigh and was not too bad.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Falls Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Falls Walls:
Family Values   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 200'   Family Values
Darwin's Rib   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Main Wall
Mad Dog   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
How's My Driving   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
Power Grid   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 230'   Main Wall
California Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Streaked Wall
Knob in my Pocket   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
Compassionate Conservative   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall
Gray Matter   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Streaked Wall
High Lonesome   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Umbrella Wall
Eldorado   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Streaked Wall
Lobotomy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall
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Featured Route For The Falls Walls
Rock Climbing Photo: Umbrella Wall, High Lonesome.

High Lonesome 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Umbrella Wall
"High Lonesome", Falls Walls, Umbrella Wall, 5 pitches, 11b/c, sport. Pitches 1 and 2. Both are low end 5.10 and go up the right-leaning corner/face on the left side of the Umbrella Wall. Do an awkward start to the first pitch (usually wet). There is a harder bolted pitch/option for the 2nd pitch (5.11/12?) on the right side, or just continue face climbing up the right-leaning corner (just to the right of a big dirty crack). Both pitches are roughly 80-100 feet long.Pitch 3. Traverse to the rig...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of The Falls Walls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good view of the Streaked Wall, Falls Walls, Tellu...
Good view of the Streaked Wall, Falls Walls, Tellu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to Falls Walls.  Superfund Site, Fool'...
BETA PHOTO: Approach to Falls Walls. Superfund Site, Fool'...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty rapping off Perturbation Theory (5.9).
Rusty rapping off Perturbation Theory (5.9).
Rock Climbing Photo: Creek crossing made easy by bridge.
BETA PHOTO: Creek crossing made easy by bridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Becky on The Falls Walls.
Becky on The Falls Walls.
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder where the access trail begins.  Make sure ...
Boulder where the access trail begins. Make sure ...

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By Derek Fox
Jul 9, 2011
Just be sure that you don't get off the road too early. There are actually 3 boulders with cables coming off the top of them and it is the farthest one that has the trail at it. turning off early leads to a 2 hour-bushwacking approach from hell!
By Johan
From: San Francisco, CA
Jun 17, 2013
As of June 2013, the trail at the creek has a pretty substantial bridge/dam and does not require fording. There would have to be a sizable surge to knock it out. Don't expect to do any fording.
By LaurenRajala
Jun 25, 2013
I was climbing at Falls Wall last weekend (June 2013). It was a windy day, and some rock was blown off of the top of the wall down. I'm sure this is a rare a occurrence, but I would recommend wearing a helmet here and just being mindful of the wind.
By Logan Adkins
From: Avon
Jun 14, 2014
Is there any national forest camping near The Falls Wall?
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Jun 15, 2014
The simplest answer would be no.

That particular area is a complicated mix of National Forest, Wilderness, and private land. So it's best not to camp in that area.

There are paid camping options in Telluride and other regional USFS pay campgrounds, and then random scattered free camping opportunities that are hard to describe here, especially if you're planning on car camping.

The Town Park Campground is right in the town of Telluride and is pretty sweet. It's like $20 a night. It's a short drive or a couple mile hike to The Falls Walls from there.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Aug 12, 2014
I would like to 2nd the recommendation to not get sucked into hiking too early as there are a few boulders with cables on them. Go all the way to the major switchback which is 1.5 miles from the pavement like the poster said, not 1.3 or 1.4. If you aren't on a nice trail from start to finish, you are off route.
By Mychal M
From: Dolores, CO
Jun 27, 2016
Significant rockfall directly above Darwin's Rib this weekend. My partner was hit in the leg, and we bailed. I left 6 draws (4 Camp Photon, 2 Wild Country) on route. If anyone happens to snag them, I'd love to get them back.
By greg rosselol
Jun 29, 2016
Mychal, I have your draws.

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