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Hidden Falls  


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Location: 40.2015, -105.5755 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Nov 30, 1999
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Description 

What a gem in the park--a trivial approach by RMNP standards (about 45 minutes), a nice setting, and fat ice. This WI4 fall is about 75 feet in length, and several trees up top provide good TR anchors for a good forearm burning session. Some other flows to the right are thinner but look equally interesting.

Getting There 

Take CO 7 from Lyons (like you were going to the Long's Peak trailhead) and head up the canyon. The entrance to the Wild Basin area is about 5 miles south of the Long's entrance and about 12 miles south of Estes Park. The entrance is marked with a huge sign--stay on the road and take a right at the sign to Copeland Lake. Continue on this road as far as possible--the gate to the ranger's cabin is closed in winter. Park and hike about 1 mile to the ranger cabin, then take the trailhead to the west for another 0.5 miles or so. When you see the sign for Upper and Lower Copeland Falls, continue on until you can see the falls to the left through the trees. Then, hike a little bit further and cross the stream right up the base.

Alternatively, you can walk along the road until you see the second horse trail sign (just short of the bridge that goes into the ranger cabin/trailhead area. Walk on a meandering trail along the south side of the creek past the Copeland Falls hitchrack perhaps a 1/4 miles. The ice will appear on your left.

L->R: 

A. Far Left, WI2-, 1p, 50', screws.
B. Mixed problem, M?.
C. Small Flow Left, WI2-3, 1p, 50', screws.
D. Firhang, M?, 1p, 90', TR or gear.
EF. Mixed start to Main Falls, WI4 M5-6 R, 1p, 90', TR or screws.
F. Main Falls, WI4, 90', screws.
GF. Mixed start to the Main Falls, WI4 M5 R, 1p, 90'.
H. Cordes bolt line?, M?, 1p, 90', bolts & screws?
I. The Dangler, WI5 M7-, 1p, 90', TR or screws, bolts?, & gear.
J. Small Flow Right, WI5 M6, 1p.
K. Small Flow further right, WI5-6, 1p, TR.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['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 Hidden Falls:
Small Flow (right)   WI4-5 M5+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 90'   
The Dangler   WI5 M7-     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
Hidden Falls (main)   WI4     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Small Flow (right) WI4-5 M5+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hidden Falls
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Photos of Hidden Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Mixed line to the right.
Mixed line to the right.
Hidden Falls.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Falls.
A little mixed climbing at the base of Hidden Falls on 18 Jan. 2008.
A little mixed climbing at the base of Hidden Fall...
Hidden Falls...2/19/2006.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Falls...2/19/2006.
Hidden Falls as of 12/22/2010.
Hidden Falls as of 12/22/2010.
Norman Kirk at the base of Hidden Falls.
Norman Kirk at the base of Hidden Falls.
Hidden Falls 12/14/06.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Falls 12/14/06.
Cory Fleagle working on the new bolted mixed line to the right of the main flow.
Cory Fleagle working on the new bolted mixed line ...
Typical crowded, hooked-out conditions at Hidden Falls.
Typical crowded, hooked-out conditions at Hidden F...
JP ropesoloing.
JP ropesoloing.
BETA PHOTO
Eli and Ryan called this "Firhang." Very quality even without ice.
BETA PHOTO: Eli and Ryan called this "Firhang." Very quality e...
Hidden Falls ice conditions on 18 Jan. 2008.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden Falls ice conditions on 18 Jan. 2008.

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By Malcolm Daly
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 5, 2001
It's really hard to see the climb from the trail. Best is to stop and listen (screams, clanking screws, etc.) or keep you eyes open for a spot where the trail dips down almost to the creek. It's within a few hundred yard of passing the Falls sign and the first place the trail goes right next to the creek. Cross over there and wind you way up to the falls. Good luck
By Matt Ledges
Jan 9, 2003
The left flow is in, the center flow is nice and fat up the middle, but VERY chopped out, the right flow needs some more time. A few challenging mixed starts on the left and right of the main flow got us pumped early.

Had a great day here on the 01/07, but the main flow has seen a lot of traffic. A solid WI4 with a reasonable lead but solid screw placements are becoming scarce between all the steps and pockets.
By Tim Judkins
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 2, 2004
There is a horse trail that starts from the left side of the road about 100 yards before the ranger's station. There is a small sign for the trail, and it takes you very close to the climb, so you won't have to keep peering through the trees from the main trail. Also, it has a bridge early on, which makes it so you don't have to break trail and cross the creek on ice.
By Tom Riederer
Feb 28, 2004
Great intermediate climb! Easy hike route up left side to set a top rope. We used the cornice tree for an anchor point. 60m rope was too short to use trees farther back which are more secure and can give redundant anchor points. Lots of great ice left.

Climbed Feb 23, 2004.
By Tom Walker
Jan 10, 2007
Due to the heavy snow and winds from the past few days, the road to parking lot was closed at the Sandbeach Trailhead Parking Lot yesterday, January 9. If you are going to go climbing at Hidden Falls, it is going to be a much longer hike in until the Park Service can plow the road open.
By Mark McConnell
Nov 28, 2010
I found your jacket at the base of the climb, 11/27.

Email me with a description of it and your contact info to pick it up.
mark_mcconnell@hotmail.com
By Brandon Groza
From: Bend, OR
Jan 22, 2011
Found a right hand black OR glove shell up on the trail yesterday. Left it tied to the gate at the p-lot.
By Brandon Groza
From: Bend, OR
Mar 10, 2011
Did the Mixed/Dry line today left of main flow. The tree is getting beat, but it is still solid enough to make the line possible for mortals. Two fixed nuts in roof no real solid pro potential (pins?) on headwall.

Check out the FA video here:

Firhang w/ Ryan Bogus and Eli Helmuth
By cride
Mar 13, 2011
For GPS lovers, here's the coordinates this place:
40.201550, -105.575500.
By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Nov 27, 2012
Is this in yet?