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Bridalveil Area

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Bridalveil Area 

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Bridalveil area is the home of Bridalveil falls - the most obvious and popular ice climb in the hills. There are a few other longer angle flows in the area that make good solos if you've done all the other ice in the canyon.

Bridalveil is a perfect first lead, especially since there really isn't a good way to toprope this climb. Wait until it has been cold for awhile before doing this climb - there is a lot of volume here and it takes a while to freeze solid enough to be safe to lead.

Getting There 

Drive south on Spearfish Canyon road. A sign and a huge pullout on the right side of the road should tip you off to the ice, which is on the left. A 5 minute walk leads to the base. The approach crosses Spearfish Creek, but there are enough rocks to make the crossing easy even when the creek isn't frozen.

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3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bridalveil Area:
Bridalveil Falls Right Side   WI2+     Trad, Ice   
Bridalveil Falls Left Side   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Leading the left side of Bridalveil in excellent conditions

Bridalveil Falls Left Side WI3  SD : Spearfish Canyon : Bridalveil Area
Depending on conditions, the left side can be a very easy, good beginner lead climb. Probably easier and safer to lead the climb than to scramble up and around and try to toprope the thing....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Bridalveil Falls after an early spring deluge of torrential rainfall.  <br /> <br />When there is no ice climbing, tourists wait patiently for a chance to see a nationally known ice climber go over the falls, naked, in a barrel.
Bridalveil Falls after an early spring deluge of t...
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