Hike to (or climb) an icefall | SteamboatToday.com

Hike to (or climb) an icefall

If you have the Fish Creek Falls hike under your belt, look into ice-climbing with a local guide service.

— Want to stretch your legs, without skis or snowshoes? Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you have to hang up your hiking shoes. For a great, close family stroll, head to 283-foot Fish Creek Falls, located just a three-mile drive from downtown. From Lincoln Avenue, head one block north on Third Street and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the parking lot it's an easy ¼-mile walk up the rest of the road to the trailhead, and then another ¼-mile to the bridge at the base of the falls or to an overlook above.

For more of a thrill, consider ice climbing it with an experienced guide. It's far easier than you think, with top ropes ensuring safety as you live out your Spiderman fantasy. Rocky Mountain Ventures (970-870-8440, http://www.steamboatclimbing.com) offers half-day trips December through March, and provides all equipment and transportation.