This area is a little known gem of Southwestern Colorado. No crowds, guidebooks or beta adds to the seclusion and fun of this area. Many unexplored rock and ice formations exist. Excellent opportunities for beer and good food exist at the Vallecito Country Market (La Comida Mexicana). A large variety of climbing exists within the valleys from single pitch top-roping to long alpine style routes rock and ice. Approaches can sometimes be interesting.
Drive north from Bayfield for approximately 18 miles on CR 501 to reach Vallecito Lake. Most climbs are near Middle Mountain road or the Pine River trail head.
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Flag Mountain Falls WI4-5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Pine River
This is the large, two-tiered waterfall off to the east of the trail. It comes down a western aspect near Flag Mountain. Anyone who has hiked the Pine River trail out to the Pope's Nose has seen it. It is a really fun ice climb in a remote and scenic location.P1 & P2 climb the lower falls. It is about 300' in total. There are trees all along the right side for anchors and this section can be broken up as desired. We did it in one long pitch with an 80m rope and some simul-climbing. (WI3/4)From t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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