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Sniktau Falls 

WI2-3

   
Type:  Trad, Ice
Consensus: WI2-3 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Furthermore on Nov 23, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: Sniktau Falls, Nov. '04.

Description 

This ice climb is not in Silverplume but on Mt. Sniktau just a little west of Silverplume on the south side of I-70 near the Loveland Ski area. Take the Loveland Ski area/U.S. route 6 exit, and park at the Loveland Valley Skiing parking lot (just before you go back eastbound on I-70). Hike east on the Loveland/Bakersville Trail until you reach a dominant gully. Then hike up this gully to the ice; the hike will take 20-45 minutes depending on snow depth. The icefall is about 25-30 feet tall and is a good place for beginners. Also, this ice route can almost guarantee solitude.

Protection 

Screws.

Toprope Protection 

Slings on some trees.


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By Lee Smith
Mar 14, 2005

I think there might be an error in the directions to this ice. The Bakerville/Loveland trail heads East out of this lot, not West. I am not sure of the location of the "dominant" gully because I couldn't find it. Can anyone shed some light on this?

Thanks.
By TKHouse
Jan 18, 2013

Tried to find this place today and we also couldn't locate any kind of "dominant gully". We hiked all the way from the Loveland parking area to just before the trailhead at the next exit eastward? I presume if the falls were closer to the other exit it would be easier to just park there.

If anyone has any info about this area, it would be very helpful.