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Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.7352, -105.2571 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Feb 15, 2011
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Jay at The Secret Icefall in 1979.

Description 

Windy Saddle is a few miles up the Lookout Mountain Road, officially it is called Lariat Loop. The ice is a long way down below, 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.

Getting There 

There are 3 approaches:

A. When the river is frozen, approach from below (~1000' gain). This can be hazardous.

B. Hiking down from Windy Saddle is possible but very strenuous. You can follow the drainage from the largest drainage ~20-30 minutes in. It will have bits of ice when the climb is in. Descent down (~1600') will take ~45-60 minutes. You can rappel in from a tree ~160' from the base of the ice. You can make an intermediate anchor at a stance ~100' down. Count on 1-1.5 hours to exit.

C. Per Bryan Ferguson: drop off the Beaver Brook trail at the rock outcropping well before the Secret Icefall drainage. This goes around the buttress to the east of the ice and deposits one at the base.

Mountain Lion Den 

Per Ryan Marsters: there is a mountain lion den just above and climber's right of the ice.

Climbing Season

For the Clear Creek Canyon - Ice area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow):
Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow)   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Photo taken Feb. 14, 2011.

Secret Waterfall (aka Windy Saddle Ice Flow) WI3  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Secret Waterfall (aka Windy...
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....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Victoria Trezise
Jan 30, 2017
CONDITION REPORT 
Just a heads up to anybody planning to visit soon, we ran into 3 mountain lion kits on the west side of the buttress (1/29/17). The rangers advised that they relocate frequently, but tread carefully, and be alert!

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