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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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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     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 500'   
Gravity's Rainbow   WI5 M3     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 500'   
Cascade Falls   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   
Kennedy's Gully   WI4     Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1000'   
Blue Condition   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Bear Creek Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   
Bride's Veil aka Skyrocket   WI5     Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Over The Rainbow   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Blue Condition in great shape on 2/23.

Blue Condition WI5  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
Blue Condition is a nice variation to the second pitch of Kennedy’s Gully. It basically consists of 2 pitches of steeper ice. Approach as for Kennedy’s Gully; i.e. hike back down towards Ouray from the Engineer Pass parking area for a few hundred feet until another gully is on your right. Climb the gully to the base of the ice. A short pitch of WI 3 or so will serve as a starter. Next, slog up the short snow slop above the 1st pitch to reach a small amphitheater that forms t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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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.

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