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Bear Creek Falls 


Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 200'
Consensus: WI4 [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Jaaron Mankins on Dec 27, 2008

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A nice amphitheater area with 5-6 different lines depending on fatness of ice. Right side is an easy grade three slab, and the other climbs are steeper. All climbs are about 160-200 feet tall. Here are the climbs!

Right Side-Easy slabs.
Left Side of Slabs-Fat grade 3.
Center Climb-The Shangri La, best line, grade 4.
Left of Center-Cool stepped climb-grade 4.
Far left-Mixed line-Grade 4/M4??

Enjoy this hidden area. Conditions for the falls can be checked from US Highway 550 just north of the train bridge.


Bear Creek falls drains the west facing side of Missionary Ridge. This is an extremely remote climbing area, and approaches can range from 2-5 hours depending on approach taken. Approaches have been made numerous ways to this climb. Approaching from the Animas means you have to cross the river and bushwack for hours. Approaching on snowmobiles via Missionary is possible, but time consuming. The easiest way to approach is to befriend some really rich resident in Celedon Subdivision. From the end of Celedon Road East, the approach is about two hours on skis. Celedon is a fat cat's retreat with multi-million dollar houses, a gate, a camera-not a good place for dirtbags to hang out.


Ice screws, some pitons, and trees for anchors.

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Stepped climb left of center.
Stepped climb left of center.
Welcome to the Shangri-LA!
Welcome to the Shangri-LA!

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By -mn
Dec 30, 2008

We got lucky and were able to drive all the way up the Elkhorn Rd. This put us about a mile or so away from the falls, with just an easy contour/bushwack through the oakbrush. This was back in the 90's though, before they started building up there. Not many folks have been in there. Definately a cool spot.
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