|Ice Cream Parlor
BETA PHOTO: Topo
Great climbing on mostly excellent wingate in a beautiful canyon. It has some of the easiest climbing in the area. As a result, it sees a lot of visits from local guides with sometimes a dozen clients or more as well as large unguided groups. So expect crowds. Also, the road sees loads of ATV's which are loud and dusty. So, go on a weekday if possible.
There are several bolted slab routes as well as several crack routes. The difficulty ranges from 5.5 bolts to 5.12 trad, so there is something for everybody. Most routes are single pitch with anchors. But, there are a handful of multi pitch as well.
The lower left has some harder multi pitch. The slabs in the middle have lots of moderates and a few harder routes. The steeper rock to the right has some of the areas best routes but sees less traffic and is accessed by a ledge on the right.
The crag is west facing. So, it is great in the afternoon when it is cool and great in the mornings when it is hot.
From Main St in Moab head west on Kane Creek Blvd (near McDonald's). After the pavement ends you will begin to enter into Kane Creek Canyon. Drive about 3.6 miles (YMMV) down into the canyon. The potable natural spring is at 2.2 miles, so check your milage here and extrapolate for your odometer. After a creek crossing (which is dry most of the year) the road turns sharply to the left. There is some parking near large boulders here but many people drive another 100 yards and park on the road. The access trail is better there.
Browse More Classics in Ice Cream Parlor
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ice Cream Parlor:
5.10b/c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
5.10+ Trad, 4 pitches, 220 feet, Grade II
5.11c PG13 Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350 feet, Grade III
Featured Route For Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream Parlor Crack
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When you park and look at the Ice Cream Parlor this is the snazzy looking crack on the right side of the crag. Take the path that leads to the right and onto a large ledge. This crack is a really beefy flake in a very open book. The start is spicy then you break into 50ft of perfect yellow tcus, a bulge where the crack widens and flares then to the bolt anchor. Total desert style, stem on the smears, crank the fingers, fire the cams and get moving.Anthony Everhart...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Tyson Arp halfway up Crack One. Photo by Chris Mo...
7 y.o. Zachary, decending after climbing the 5.6is...
BETA PHOTO: The Ice Cream Parlor
Cactus in Bloom
Base of Ice Cream Parlor
"intermittent stream" crossing on way to Ice Cream...
Lexie relaxing after a few ice cream cones.
Cody at the beginning of an unknown 5.6ish slab to...
Cody working his way up the 5.6ish slab at the Ice...
Nice killer 5.6 /7 on the right side of the wall.....
Ice Cream Parlor slab with Kane Creek Canyon in th...
Another view of Ice Cream Parlor, this one showing...
Slabbin' at the Ice Cream Parlor.
winter sunset view from the ICP
BETA PHOTO: yeah, that's it.
|Comments on Ice Cream Parlor
|By Anonymous Coward|
May 24, 2004
Saw the area 05/22/04. There are actually many more routes in the Ice Cream Parlor that have not made this site yet. A friendly group we met up there pointed out a 5.6 trad route to anchors, another 5.7 trad route to anchors, and we saw anchors for about three other routes that aren't in any guide books yet. I don't know any names or any other info on the newer routes... sorry. Though, we could have done more climbing if we had bigger cams... bring a big rack with big pro for some of the routes that are not on this site yet. Great area!
Mar 24, 2006
Climbed around here for the first time last week. Good fun. A few bolted routes (not in guide) around the 3-crack area. They appeared to be around 5.8/5.9's and a 5.10 far right. We climbed a crack just right of Knee Grinder (I think). The route went: up an "easy" water groove, through a dirty BD#4 bulge, thin fingers corner (i.e. hard to protect), right around a roof, up to some anchor/slings. The Bjornstad guide misrepresents this line (i.e. lists it twice differently). Anyone know what it is??
From: Thornton, CO
Apr 4, 2007
The Ice Cream Parlor is a great area for climbers that want a relaxed atmosphere. Great for families because it has climbs for all abilities (5.6 - 5.11). Good top anchors make setting top ropes a breeze.
|By denise 911|
From: fort collins, co
Mar 30, 2008
nice south facing wall with some good variety in routes. looks like they closed off the camping area for parking (or maybe due to jeep safari that was going on)? wide spot in the road still fits a few cars. Perfect setting for a relaxed afternoon at the crag.
|By Greg D|
Apr 7, 2008
Here is a guide to put the routes in order from left to right. (updated 11/06/08)
Starting from the lower left: Pandemic 10+, Kura Burnan 12, Rattler 11.
Up the hill approx 50 feet/30 feet down and left from slabs: Unkown 8 (left slanting finger crack).
At the left side of slabs: 5.6 Corner, 10TR, Parlor Game 9 (3 bolts). Unkown 7 (approx 5 bolts).
Right of gully: Black Slab 6 (Bolts - 2 different starts), Slab 7 (bolts), Crack 3 8 TR, Crack 2 8R or TR, Crack 1 (aka Wolverine) 8, Hot Carl Sunday 10b/c bolts, RP City 10b, same start as RP City is Vanilla Cream 10a mixed.
traverse right on ledge to Freezer Burn and "Not RP City" 10a with one bolt at start then moves right into corner/crack system (incorrectly listed as RP City in Rock Climbing Utah).
A hundred yards right get on ledge and traverse left to (from left to right): A Good Day to Die 9, Ice Cream Parlor Crack 11b, Pulp Friction 11, The Coffin 9, The Possessed 11c bolts, Knee Grinder 9+ (right of and behind Possessed with same anchor).
Right of Knee Grinder (not 100% sure of the following. they all exist but not sure of order): Deathtrap 8, T-Rex II/11c/4 pitches, basterdized old route.
See topo: www.mountainproject.com/v/utah/moab_area/kane_springs_canyon>>>
|By Brian Scoggins|
From: Eugene, OR
Mar 16, 2009
There is a route between Unknown 8 and 5.6 Corner that starts on either splitter fingers or a wide slot, then climbs through rubble to a two bolt anchor. It is incredibly loose between the initial splitter or offwidth and the anchors, and should be avoided at all cost. Toproping this route WILL cause rock fall.
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 14, 2010
Reference Greg D's comment. I just climbed Ice Cream Parlor 2 days ago. There are quite a few sport slab climbs that are easy and fun. we swung over and top roped the 10 to the left side of the slab, thats actually the best slab climb i did during my entire stay in Moab, it was great! Its a great place, good view, we were sad it was the last place we checked out we didnt even get to make it down to the right side. Also, slab climb number 3 has two pitches. The second pitch is bolted as well and is really easy so good for multi pitch practice. The last bolt to the chains is pretty run out but you can literally walk to it. Good stuff!
|By Scott H.|
From: Sandy, UT
Dec 7, 2011
I had a bit of a hard time finding the location of this area based on the provided directions. I think a few things have changed over the years. Camping is not allowed at the pullout/ parking area and there are several cattle guards along Kane creek. I found it easiest if you head into the canyon from Moab. After descending into the canyon there is an intermittent stream crossing just after you pass a campsite area on the left. Then after the canyon begins to open up and the road turns to the left there is a pullout on the left for this area. I hope that helps.
|By Greg D|
Jun 30, 2012
Some recent updates were in order. So, Scott H's post may not apply any longer.