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These are a great couple of walls set above Telluride to the right of Bridal Veil Falls. All the rock is Telluride Conglomerate and is full of pockets. The rock quality was good for the most part with a bit of loose stuff in some areas. This area is only in the sun until about noon.

Getting There 

To get there, drive east out of Telluride and start your odometer when the road turns to dirt. Drive 1.5 miles and park near a large boulder with a cable on the top of it. Make sure not to park right in front of the boulder, because it's private property. Hike to the right side of the boulder, cross the creek, and continue up to the walls ahead. It takes about thirty minutes. When I forded the creek, it came to about mid-thigh and was not too bad.

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Falls Walls:
Family Values   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 200'   Family Values
Darwin's Rib   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Main Wall
How's My Driving   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
Empty Pockets   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
California Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Streaked Wall
Knob in my Pocket   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
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Eldorado goes up the prominent orange streak. Felt like 90% limestone climbing.

Eldorado 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Streaked Wall
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By Derek Fox
Jul 9, 2011

Just be sure that you don't get off the road too early. There are actually 3 boulders with cables coming off the top of them and it is the farthest one that has the trail at it. turning off early leads to a 2 hour-bushwacking approach from hell!

By Johan
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 17, 2013

As of June 2013, the trail at the creek has a pretty substantial bridge/dam and does not require fording. There would have to be a sizable surge to knock it out. Don't expect to do any fording.

By LaurenRajala
Jun 25, 2013

I was climbing at Falls Wall last weekend (June 2013). It was a windy day, and some rock was blown off of the top of the wall down. I'm sure this is a rare a occurrence, but I would recommend wearing a helmet here and just being mindful of the wind.