Glenwood Canyon is an excellent place to ice climb. The routes, though few in number, make up for it by offering some of the best ice routes in Colorado. The ice-climbing season usually lasts all winter. However, the crux can be the approach, as a few of the climbs involve crossing the Colorado River. Be sure to catch dinner and a soak in the hot springs in Glenwood Springs after a day out on the ice. It is well worth the extra hour or two spent in town before heading back home. As you are cruising through Glenwood Canyon, be sure to check out Glenwood Falls. It is in you face, on the Northern side of the highway, at exit 125. You can just catch a glimpse of Hidden Falls as you pass exit 123. It is located high up on the hillside, on the south side of the highway. Hidden Falls is undoubtedly the area classic. Enjoy.
The directions are very easy. Drive west or east, whichever the case may be, on I-70, until you reach Glenwood Canyon. You can't miss it. The most well-known ice climbs are located at exits 125, 123, and the Grizzly Creek rest area.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Glenwood Canyon Ice:
Unknown WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
Leftmost Corner at Hidden Falls WI5+ M5+ Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 300 feet
Glenwood Falls - Left / Right / Center WI4-5 Ice, 4 pitches, 600 feet, Grade II
Alcatraz M11 Trad, Mixed, 2 pitches
Hidden Falls WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 250 feet, Grade III
Featured Route For Glenwood Canyon Ice
Alcatraz M11 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Glenwood Canyon Ice
One of the biggest and best quality mixed lines anywhere - steep climbing to an ice dagger. The rating is somewhat confusing but if you climb or are aspiring to climb at the high end of the current m-system then this route is a must do! Park at the Shoshone Hydro Plant in GW Canyon. From there you will see the climb or roof high on the south hill. Depending on the weather you may be able to cross the river at Shoshone or you will have to walk up river possibly 1 mile to cross then hike back ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO