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Colorado Springs & vicinity  


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Elevation: 6,600'
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Description 

Okay, this is going to tickle a few of you out there to say "what the...." This area has been notoriously tight in coughing up information on rock and/or ice. Once, there was even a Colorado Springs website which hosted a bit of information on ice. Well, some of it has been added to the database. Some is already in guidebooks such as Cameron Burns' delightful Colorado Ice Climber's Guide, Colorado Springs Area p. 217-220. So, everyone is secretive about the ice, but as my youngest child is taught in preschool, "let's share."

Within C. Burn's guide are:

Silver Cascades, WI2, 2p.
Green Mountain Falls, WI1-2
Gillette Falls, WI2-5, check out access issues 1st.

There likely is more ice in the Cheyenne Canyon drainage with the right conditions.

Higher up:

Blind Assumption, 300-1000'
The Ole 6, 4p, 450'
Total Abandon, 3p, 400'
Y Couloir, 2000' vertical

North Cheyenne Canyon:

The Phantom, 80'

Buried within our database is even two comments one
then and two about Helen Hunt Falls, and now Saint Mary’s Falls.

Getting There 

Colorado Springs is located on the Front Range, about 70 miles south of Denver. From there, you'll need to look at each of the specific subareas.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.1 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Colorado Springs & vicinity:
Right Couloir of Three Little Pigs (Flying W)   M2-3 Mod. Snow PG13     Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600'   Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak
Y Couloir        Alpine, 2000'   Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak
Hully Gully   WI3+     Ice, 2 pitches   North Cheyenne Canyon
Blind Assumption   WI5 M5     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak
Total Abandon   WI4+ M6     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches   Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak
The Ole 6   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c WI3 M6+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak
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Featured Route For Colorado Springs & vicinity
Pete Lardy on P2, under the chockstone.

Blind Luck WI4 M5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North Face of Pike's Peak
I decided to add this to the data base, because it's just too good a line to be so obscure. I find myself recommending this one to local climbers, then I proceed to give them horrible beta that leaves them more confused about the route's whereabouts than when I started.Blind Assumption can be very thin in the fall, causing a high number of folks to bail after the first pitch. If that's ever the case, Blind Luck is a great way to salvage that day and tick off a damn good route.P1. WI...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Jan 29, 2007
Though I didn't have problems when I went to Gillette, I was warned of angry land owners deflating tires. The property accessed across is I believed owned by Colorado Springs water. I would suggest checking with the FS and CO Spgs before going to ensure you have a leg to stand on before going. If anyone can confirm access issues, it would be appreciated.
By Jamie Pierce
Oct 6, 2009
Gillette Falls and its approach reside on private property that belong to Cripple Creek Water District and a landowner that doesn't want folks crossing his land, and it's his right to keep folks off. If conditions allow, find another way to gain access to these falls, but find out what is best prior to the long approach.
By r.f
From: colorado springs
Jan 4, 2013
Helen Hunt/ S. Cascades is in for now. The cold temps have set up the ice enough to climb. It's a little wet in spots, and I've seen it thicker in years, but all in all, it is a fun solo at lunch time.