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Uphill from Silverton is a beautiful area of long ice climbs on both sides of the road. Whore House Hoses, Stairway to Heaven are among the classics. Beware however, avalanche risk can be tremendous. Some of these fine classics are in the sun and some are in the shade. Routes here can exceed 1000ft in length.
Take US Hwy 550 south of Red Mountain Pass (S of Ouray) to Silverton. Continue up the main drainage and only significant plowed road uphill as far as you can. Hike the rest of the way on the road. Avalanche debris may cross the road. Climbs are obvious from the road. Beware of avalanche slopes on the way in and out!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eureka:
Highway to Hell WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 800 feet, Grade III
Tempered By Fire WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Second Gully WI3 Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 800 feet, Grade II
Goldrush WI4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 600 feet
Whorehouse Hoses WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 600 feet, Grade III
Stairway to Heaven WI4 Trad, Ice, 7 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade III
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Whorehouse Hoses WI4-5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Eureka
The first pitch goes up a beautiful, wide, chandeliered tongue of ice to bolted anchors on the left (60 m). On the left side, the ice can be thin and undermined - better to stay to the right. WI 4-5, depending on the exact line climbed. A short snow slog goes up to a small bowl (30 m). The second pitch climbs a low-angle ramp of possibly thin, hollow ice to bolted anchors (up and right). 30 m, WI 3.A longer snow slog leads up to a second bowl, where the climb forks (60 m). The left fork is easie...[more] Browse More Classics in CO