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Elevation: 9,500'
Location: 37.9298, -107.806 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Bear Creek area. From USGS Telluride, Colo. 7.5' ...


Bear Creek drains the high peaks and basins immediately south of Telluride. In 1995, the San Miguel Conservation Foundation and the Town of Telluride acquired 320 acres adjacent to town and designated it as the Bear Creek Preserve. The preserve was recently expanded to include a total of 381 acres.

Ice climbs in Bear Creek Valley are described by Burns (1997) and Roberts (2005). Burns' guidebook covers the area around the main Bear Creek Falls fairly well, while Roberts' describes a series of shorter flows and ice-bouldering in the lower gorge.

Getting There 

The Bear Creek Trail trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of South Pine Street in Telluride. Finding some on-street parking for the trailhead can be problematic. The trail follows an old roadbed, and provides an easy, low-gradient approach into the valley. Roberts' guidebook (2005:253) indicates that the ice flows in the lower gorge can be reached after only a 20-minute hike. The area of the main Bear Creek Falls lies much farther in, about 2.5 miles up the canyon.

In winter, take your Silvretta rig on the approach if you can; your descent back to town will be that much more fun.

Climbing Season

For the Telluride area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bear Creek:
Bear Creek Gorge   WI3-4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Bear Creek Falls (WI3-4), Telluride, CO.  (Runnel ...

Main Bear Creek Falls WI3-4  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Bear Creek
A popular summertime attraction, Bear Creek Falls forms up in winter into a pretty decent, moderate ice flow with lots of options. The main falls form the centerpiece, and Burns' guidebook (1997:133-135) describes several options to the left, right, up, and down as well....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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