This is a little canyon also know as Hellsgate Gulch. It was one of the first areas developed in Spearfish Canyon. The climbing is good and at one time, some of the climbs you will need a little bit of pro. Now virtually all routes are safely bolted and you can leave the gear at home. Most of the climbs are short and to the point and are worth climbing at least once.
Heading south from Spearfish on Alt 14, turn right at Cheyenne Crossing. Drive 2.2 miles, park in a semicircular parking pull off on your left with a wooden bridge crossing the creek. Ice box is the crag you can see across the road.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
34 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Ice Box
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ice Box:
Ya Bud! 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 70'
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Polar Baird 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b SD
: Spearfish Canyon
: Ice Box
This blonde wall on the upper, right-hand side of The Ice Box is considered its flagship area. This climb has the distinction of being the best route on the wall.Starts out slabby and flows to a headwall where all hell is frozen over and unleashed for your enjoyment. Sidepull crimps and other bombastically, tiny holds will get your attention and make you whip yourself silly.And its not over until its over. If you have just enough time to sample what 5.12c in Spearfish Canyon tastes like then thi...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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By Mikel Cronin
Aug 4, 2008
What routes were pulled? I know of 2 or 3 on the right side of the draw that were pulled but there should be 3 or 4 on both sides that still have bolts.
May 10, 2014
The general info page reflects an outdated view on the Icebox area. It should be updated to include the caliber of change that has gone on in the area for the past 2 years. It is now an enjoyable place to hang out and climb without the commitment of a long hike.
May 11, 2014
Leave the trad gear in your vehicle. As of this year Ice Box is officially a pure sport climbing area with modern bolts and brand new hardware.
2 days ago
In case anyone is trying to use the directions on this page to actually get to the crag (good luck), here are not terrible directions: heading south from spearfish on Alt 14, turn right at Cheyenne Crossing. Drive 2.2 miles, park in a semicircular parking pull off on your left with a wooden bridge crossing the creek. Ice box is the crag you can see across the road.