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Ice Cave Walls Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Ice Cave entrance.


Across from the Wasteland is a sector of largely moderate climbs that usually gets excellent morning sun. For a good warm-up to the day's climbing, it is hard to beat this high concentration of moderate routes. The bulk of 20 or so routes tick in from 5.8 to 5.11 with a couple of 5.12 routes. Most routes are close to vertical, although expect to negotiate a few bulges and small "caves". The surfaces of most of these climbs has become very polished over time and you might want to take a rough brush along. A wet brush seems to help reduce the polish as well. Nothing is very long, and all of the routes have double bolt anchors for descent. The access trail will take you from the Ice Cave routes directly to the Bauhaus, so huddle up, suck down the java, and get ready for the crank fest just up-stream.

Getting There 

Park as for the Wasteland. Across the stream from the Wasteland and just at the point where the road crosses the stream you can pick up a trail that leads directly to the base of the Ice Cave Walls. Follow this up-stream, passing beneath the first huge ice cave. The routes start shortly after passing out of the cave. The route numbering reads left to right when facing the cave.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.8 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ice Cave Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ice Cave Walls:
Rachel's Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Middle Ice Caves (Potato Ro...
Rickles   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Funny Face
Martin & Lewis   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Funny Face
Pryor   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Funny Face
Hot Potato   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Middle Ice Caves (Potato Ro...
Carlin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Funny Face
Lovin' You is a Dirty Job   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Merry Maids   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Middle Ice Caves (Potato Ro...
Costello   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Funny Face
Deutsches Blut   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Feline   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Ledged Assault   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Woody   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Funny Face
Bloodhound   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Lower Ice Caves
Monster Magnet   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Middle Ice Caves (CHUD area...
Chud   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Middle Ice Caves (CHUD area...
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Featured Route For Ice Cave Walls
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon B. Half way up Feline.

Feline 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : ... : Upper Ice Caves (Feline are...
Feline is a line thats hard to miss. It's just upstream a ways from Merry Maids, the huge, left-facing dihedral. If you're on the Ice Caves side of the stream, follow the path upstream from Merry Maids for about 60 yards (past the tiny cave) and you will see a dim fork in the trail, take it up left and there you are. You can also wade across the stream at a pullout just up the road from the bridge, or you can walk downstream from the Bauhaus. Either way, the route i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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