North of the Animas Valley scattered along the US Highway 550 corridor there are serveral ice climbs that form. These routes are not the most consistent, but during the right year provide some good climbing. The area classic that should not be missed is Seven Year Itch - steep and exciting climbing up an often thin pillar of ice.
From Durango, take US Highway 550 north through Hermosa. See climbs for more detailed directions.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for US Highway 550:
Highway Robbery WI3 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Bear Creek Falls WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 200 feet
Crater Creek Falls WI3-4 Ice, 3 pitches, 450 feet
Seven Year Itch WI5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 300 feet
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Bear Creek Falls WI4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
A nice amphitheater area with 5-6 different lines depending on fatness of ice. Right side is an easy grade three slab, and the other climbs are steeper. All climbs are about 160-200 feet tall. Here are the climbs!Right Side-Easy slabs.Left Side of Slabs-Fat grade 3.Center Climb-The Shangri La, best line, grade 4.Left of Center-Cool stepped climb-grade 4.Far left-Mixed line-Grade 4/M4??Enjoy this hidden area. Conditions for the falls can be checked from US Highway 550 just north of the train ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO