11th Hour Gulch has a wonderful natural curtain of ice, and in some years kind souls have farmed ice on the opposite side of the narrow side canyon. Toproping access is easy, and the routes are good intermediate leads as well. The well featured rock would make for fun mixed climbing.
Pass Bridalveil Falls while heading south through Spearfish Canyon. Keep a sharp eye on the right side of the road - 11th hour gulch is a narrow side canyon only a few feet off the shoulder of the highway. The ice is visible from the road - it is only a few hundred feet away and about the same level as the highway. Pullouts exist both before and after for parking.
Weather station 8.4 miles from here
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BETA PHOTO: Side view from the approach trail.
11th Hour Gulch as of 12-24-07
BETA PHOTO: Conditions as of 12-24-2008
BETA PHOTO: 11th hour as of 1/31/09
Scott, on his first ice climb ever.
Dec 31, 2009
It's about 9 miles up on the right from the start of the canyon.
Good snowed cleared parking on the left.
(and roughly 3 miles past Bridalveil Falls)
By Glenn Foltz
Jun 20, 2010
Parking Lot is at N44°23.63' W103°54.66'(on the East side of the canyon road), Trailhead is slightly up canyon and across the road at N44°23.62' W103°54.67'