Climbing
Snow/glacier/ice route
Alpine climbing NCCS rating
Grade III
Elevation Gain
318.00 ft (96.93 m)
Distance
1.28 mi (2.06 km)
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Hidden Falls is located in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Among the lesser visited regions of the park, especially during winter's low season, Hidden Falls remains largely unknown to the average hiker—reserving more of its icy chutes for climbers, for whom, unlike hikers, the falls is well known. When the falls freeze in mid-winter, usually during the month of December, it offers an alluring class III ice climb.

Driving from Estes Park, take State Highway 7 for 16 miles until you reach the sign for Wild Basin. From the entrance you will follow County Road 115 until you reach the gate at the first parking area. Continue on foot until you reach the Horse Trail on the left side of the road. Depending on conditions, you may want to bring snowshoes or micro-spikes, as the trail can get a bit icy or deep snow may be encountered after a storm. Be prepared and check the forecast when planning your trip.

The approach begins at the horse trail, which leads to Hidden Falls. If you see signs for Copeland Falls, you have gone too far. Follow the horse trail for about 1.75 miles. You will see the falls on your left near the end of the trail. A quick scramble will get you to the base of the falls, where the climbing begins. There are several anchor points at the top that are easily reached by a side trail to the left of the falls.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

No

Open from

December 01 to January 01

Pros

Beautiful scenery. Easy approach. Multiple climbing routes.

Cons

Crowds on weekends.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

8,524.00 ft (2,598.12 m)

Highest point

8,842.00 ft (2,695.04 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Big vistas

Access

Hike-in

Typically multi-day

No

Primary aspect

North facing

Drinking water

Unfrozen water

Location

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