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Glenwood Canyon Ice  


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Submitted By: Julian Smith on Apr 3, 2004
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Glenwood Falls as of the 24th of December, 2006.

Description 

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



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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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Featured Route For Glenwood Canyon Ice
Hiking towards the rim of the Canyon.

Hidden Falls WI4-5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Glenwood Canyon Ice
Park at the Shoshone rest area, underneath I-70. From here, the real crux of the day, can actually be crossing the Colorado River to obtain the south-side of Glenwood Canyon. There is water that's diverted from the river around here, so there are some shallower portions of river that, during cold weather, can form an ice bridge providing access to the other side. There is a dam, but crossing that is illegal, and I believe there are cameras that monitor this. Once across the river, follow the tra...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 24, 2006
CONDITION REPORT 
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
CONDITION REPORT 
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.