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Bear Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,500'
Location: 37.9298, -107.806 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Dec 28, 2011
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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

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Bear Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Creek:
Bear Creek Gorge   WI3-4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Creek Gorge - January, 2014.

Bear Creek Gorge WI3-4  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Bear Creek
This area offers around a dozen different lines of water ice and mixed climbing ranging from WI2-4+ and up to M4. One might call it Telluride's mini-ice park. The canyon is beautiful, is easy to hike to from town, and sees some mid-day sun on clear days....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Michael Arriola
Nov 1, 2015
How early does this ice come in? Anything in yet in the area?

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