Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow)
||Ice, 1 pitch, 75'
|Original: ||WI2+ [details]|
|FA: ||Bryan Ferguson & Jay ..., 1979|
|Season: ||most winters|
|Page Views: ||1,667|
|Submitted By: ||Ken Trout on Feb 15, 2011|
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1/11/14. The thread and screw are ~100' from the ...
This is not really worth the hike if you're seeking steepness.
If you are still determined, the climb is ~120' from the base of the ice to the top of the main bit. It tends to thin out and get hollow near the top. The second bit involves a few ramps of lower angle ice. There are no fixed anchors.
Windy Saddle is a few miles up the Lookout Mountain Road, officially called Lariat Loop. The ice is a long way down below (~1600' by the map), on the west side of the parking lot. The flow is very well hidden and can't be seen from either the overlook or down on US 6. The easiest way to spot it is from the Stumbling Block, across the canyon. When the river is frozen, approach from below (~1000' gain). Otherwise, hiking down from Windy Saddle is possible but very strenuous.
|Comments on Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow)
Dec 6, 2011
Funny to see the Secret Waterfall "outed Ive been going there most every year since 1979. Jay and I simul-soloed it in '79. I think it's solid WI 3.
Best approach is from above. Drop off the Beaver Brook trail at the rock outcropping well before the Secret Icefall drainage. Before the Beaver Brook Trail was in, we approached from below. Not too bad, but the river crossing can be dangerous.
Mar 27, 2012
We called this the "Secret Waterfall" for 30 years prior to the Windy Saddle naming. What do you think, should we go with Secret Waterfall?