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'
Glenwood Falls - Left / Right / Center WI4-5 Ice, 4 pitches, 600'
Hidden Falls WI4-5 Ice, 3 pitches, 250'
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Deep Throat 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WI5-6 M7 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Glenwood Canyon Ice
This route may have one of mixed climbing's most jaw dropping crux pitches. From the belay atop the second pitch, it's hard not to be intimidated by the overhanging mess of daggers above! P1: awkward, loose 5.9 rock climbing weaves up past a pesky bush and some dollops of moss. There is a fixed pin towards the top of the pitch, just before low angle terrain is reached, and a fixed anchor on a comfortable ledge, approximately 40 meters.P2: a nice pitch of M5 corner climbing with increasing ice to...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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