Friends over things, outside over inside. Will you go out with us? #OptOutside — Join Us Outside
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Glenwood Canyon Ice

Select Route:
Alcatraz T 
Deep Throat T 
Glenwood Falls - Left / Right / Center 
Hidden Falls 
Hidden Falls (Secret 4th Pitch) 
Leftmost Corner at Hidden Falls 

Glenwood Canyon Ice Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 6,554
Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Julian Smith on Apr 3, 2004
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
Glenwood Falls as of the 24th of December, 2006.


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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the CO Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Glenwood Canyon Ice

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Glenwood Canyon Ice:
Hidden Falls   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 250'   
Glenwood Falls - Left / Right / Center   WI4-5     Ice, 4 pitches, 600'   
Unknown   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 300'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Glenwood Canyon Ice

Featured Route For Glenwood Canyon Ice
Rock Climbing Photo: Alcatraz from Shoshone Hydro.

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

Comments on Glenwood Canyon Ice Add Comment
Show which comments
By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 24, 2006
Glenwood Falls is still looking a little thin up high as of the 24th. There is however a nice route to climb to the right of the main flow. Anyone else know anything about this line?
By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 23, 2007
Glenwood Canyon is looking a little skinnier than it was this time last year. Glenwood Falls will go on the left, and probably on the right side as well, but it will be much better if it gets a little fatter. The line to the right of the main flow is missing the top pitch. The power plant is still under repair too, so the volume is way up in the river, with no signs of a freeze-up yet. As always, Hidden Falls is looking good from a distance, but getting to it may require some creativity. Cheers.

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!