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November 19th, 2014, 11:35 pm #11

The last few weekends have been filled with Geo Metro repairs. (I will have two for sale shortly).
I found this video,
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMtAuFKFVc0
Does Cory, Jacob, Ralph, Brandon, or Jim want to go climb this weekend?
If Kettle is not appealing, how about Twin Falls ice?
Can we get there in the winter? Looks great!

Jim
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crappyclimber
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November 20th, 2014, 6:37 am #12

You can usually drive there with a decent high clearance vehicle (4wd may be desirable this year)and you can nearly drive to the falls. Not sure how much snow is in the Owyhees (haven't been down there yet this year) but it should still be passable as long as the ground is frozen.

Here are the driving directions going through Homedale:
Drive through downtown Homedale and you’ll enter Oregon on Highway 201. Turn south on Succor Creek Road and travel about 8 miles and turn right (west) on Camp Kettle Creek Road. After that, travel about 3 miles to the trail on your right. That goes to the falls.
(Latitude N13º 33.169’ Longitude W117º 9.917) Elevation 3147’

Devils Gate is the grotto canyon to your left (east) near the Kettle Falls trail. Cool cliffs in its own right, some old school climbing routes are in there, but the rock isn't the greatest.
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November 20th, 2014, 6:37 am #13

Can we get there in the winter? Looks great!

Jim
You can usually drive there with a decent high clearance vehicle (4wd may be desirable this year)and you can nearly drive to the falls. Not sure how much snow is in the Owyhees (haven't been down there yet this year) but it should still be passable as long as the ground is frozen.

Here are the driving directions going through Homedale:
Drive through downtown Homedale and you’ll enter Oregon on Highway 201. Turn south on Succor Creek Road and travel about 8 miles and turn right (west) on Camp Kettle Creek Road. After that, travel about 3 miles to the trail on your right. That goes to the falls.
(Latitude N13º 33.169’ Longitude W117º 9.917) Elevation 3147’

Devils Gate is the grotto canyon to your left (east) near the Kettle Falls trail. Cool cliffs in its own right, some old school climbing routes are in there, but the rock isn't the greatest.
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November 20th, 2014, 6:42 pm #14

You can usually drive there with a decent high clearance vehicle (4wd may be desirable this year)and you can nearly drive to the falls. Not sure how much snow is in the Owyhees (haven't been down there yet this year) but it should still be passable as long as the ground is frozen.

Here are the driving directions going through Homedale:
Drive through downtown Homedale and you’ll enter Oregon on Highway 201. Turn south on Succor Creek Road and travel about 8 miles and turn right (west) on Camp Kettle Creek Road. After that, travel about 3 miles to the trail on your right. That goes to the falls.
(Latitude N13º 33.169’ Longitude W117º 9.917) Elevation 3147’

Devils Gate is the grotto canyon to your left (east) near the Kettle Falls trail. Cool cliffs in its own right, some old school climbing routes are in there, but the rock isn't the greatest.
Looks like all these great ice climbs are on hold until we get another cold snap.
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November 20th, 2014, 9:23 pm #15

Don't be fooled too badly by a little warmer weather. The ice will actually grow fatter with temps around 35-40 during the day and below freezing during the night. This allows the water to flow a little more and continue the freeze cycle during the night.
Also, take into consideration the direction the falls face. Hidden falls faces almost directly north and even if it is 40 degrees during the day, that little grotto canyon rarely gets above 20 and NEVER has any sun on it.
I've seen some of the very large falls in Canada actually double in size within a week or two a good freeze cycle of warmer days and cold nights, and actually shrink back during extended extreme cold spells.

Climb On!
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November 23rd, 2014, 12:50 am #16

Brandon and I got on it today. Nice.









Thanks for posting the great pics--that ice looks lots better with someone on it!
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December 19th, 2017, 7:50 am #17

There is some ice in Poison Creek, but not so tall. The Hidden Creek drop is about 35 meters.
Hi there, can you give me details for how to get to Hidden Falls in the Owyhees? I've climbed Jump creek the last few years but looking for some more variety in the Owyhees.
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December 19th, 2017, 4:08 pm #18

Zach, I made a Google Earth screenshot of where to park and where the falls are. I hope this helps.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/U3NLErkZz4qUjUxG3

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December 19th, 2017, 4:25 pm #19

Hi there, can you give me details for how to get to Hidden Falls in the Owyhees? I've climbed Jump creek the last few years but looking for some more variety in the Owyhees.
I found this on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMtAuFKFVc0

No, that's not me in the video. Those guys are definitely ice climbers.
Last edited by mccallboater on December 19th, 2017, 4:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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December 19th, 2017, 5:50 pm #20

Hi there, can you give me details for how to get to Hidden Falls in the Owyhees? I've climbed Jump creek the last few years but looking for some more variety in the Owyhees.
I climbed it on Saturday and it was in. A little thin and the top out was sketchy but it was still climbable. If you are go to top rope it, make sure to bring a 70m and some material to extend the anchor.
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