Grotto Falls is an excellent beginner route that usually has fat ice and the crowds to prove it. Climb the initial steep section to the prominent flow that eases in steepness. If the conditions are nice and fat, the curtain on the left, halfway up, forms and goes at about WI4. This curtain variation pitch can also be toproped with a bit of planning and on a slow day when no one else is lined up for the route. This would be rare though and should be avoided if others are waiting to climb the route.
Can be done in one long pitch.
Located at the end of the canyon, uphill right from His and Hers. Climb up a long pitch with a prominent step in the middle that some will choose to belay at. The top has several trees that often have cord on them. The middle step often has v-threads in place as well.
Screws. A chain anchor is located at the halfway platform, but it ices over late in the season and a v-thread is needed to rap the route.
Starting the left curtain of Grotto Falls
Climbing the harder left curtain on Grotto Falls
Farzad getting ready to head up the variation of G...
Farzad styling the top section of the left variati...