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US Highway 550

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Bear Creek Falls T 
Blue Condition 
Bride's Veil aka Skyrocket 
Cascade Falls 
Ephemeral Cortex 
Gravity's Rainbow T 
Ha Dov  
Horsetail Falls T 
Kennedy's Gully T 
Oak Creek Falls 
Over The Rainbow 
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US Highway 550 Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Charlie Nuttelman on Nov 30, 1999


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This is a beautiful area just south of Ouray as you go up to Red Mountain Pass. Classic routes such as Sunsplash, Bear Creek Falls, Horsetail Falls, Wild Horses, and Solar Circus are along this road. Major avalanche risk exists after signficant snow falls. Beware of big bowls above these climbs. Sun aspect may be important to consider here.

Getting There 

This area is South of Ouray along US Highway 550 up to Red Mountain Pass. Climbs are generally visible from the road. Approaches are generally short.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in US Highway 550

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for US Highway 550:
Horsetail Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'   
Gravity's Rainbow   WI5 M3     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 500'   
Kennedy's Gully   WI4     Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1000'   
Cascade Falls   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   
Blue Condition   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Bear Creek Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   
Over The Rainbow   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For US Highway 550
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping P2.

Kennedy's Gully WI4  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
Climb can be broken up many ways, and many might prefer to simul sections of moderate terrain.P1. Ascend a couple short steps of easy ice or mixed that finish at a tree with slings (WI3, ~100').A short stretch of snow leads to the obvious second pitch.P2. Continue up a long pitch of usually thin ice. Belay at fixed rock gear in the left wall (WI4, ~175').P3/4. Climb 300-400' of snow and short easy ice or mixed steps. This leads to the upper gully.P5. Continue up low-angle but usually thin ice le...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of US Highway 550 Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Engineer Pass, US Hwy 550, Feb., 2008.
BETA PHOTO: Engineer Pass, US Hwy 550, Feb., 2008.

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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 20, 2003
Record highs in the area, ice is melting, again. Lets hope the weather changes soon.