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Moffat, 11/30.

Ice Climbing 

There are at least 3 ice climbs near the Moffatt Tunnel. 2 are close to the tunnel, they are South-facing. One is across the valley on the south side, north-facing...some folks have been assisting the ice. I've climbed one. Rob Savoye had stuff on his website on the south-facing stuff.

Most ice climbers will find this are not worth the effort. For those who enjoy a bit of sniffing for ice, there is a tiny bit of scent here.

More recently, some steeper ice bits have been found.


Getting There 

Go to Moffatt Tunnel which lies West of the Peak to Peak Highway connecting Nederland and I-70. From the town of Rollinsville, wander west.


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Nearing the top.  Jake Wyatt taking the picture.

Main South Facing Flow WI3-4  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South-facing Smears
I don't know if this climb has a name or who has the first ascent. I'm adding it because no south-facing routes have been added.This route can be seen from the parking lot. Cross the tracks, and follow the chain link fence on the right (that surrounds the tunnel and the small man-made stream) toward the flow. You'll be heading towards the south facing wall of the canyon at this point. The fence ends but keep going up the hill until you get to the climb. Snowshoes would have been really grea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Side view, 3/2011.
Side view, 3/2011.
HardCor on the main column at Moffatt Tunnel.
HardCor on the main column at Moffatt Tunnel.
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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 7, 2002

Moffatt Tunnel: Go to Rollinsville, turn West, follow the train tracks to the tunnel.

The web site: www.welcomehome.org/rob/local-ice/local-ice.html -- hopefully Mr Savoye doesn't mind the extra [traffic]...

BTW - If you are good at dodging trains the tunnel offers a quick way to Winter Park.

By Geoffrey Johnson
Jan 8, 2002

I chopped around there on Jan. 4, it's only about 25 feet of ice, the right and left sides of the flow are climbable. The right side was dripping that day. The center of the flow hasn't filled in yet. Geoffrey J./Boulder

By Andrew Klein
Feb 18, 2002

This place is actually somewhat decent and a pleasant escape if the "Boulder Canyon Ice Circus" is crowded. To get to the main flow, park in the lot, go left of the tunnel to the trailhead sign and follow a path from the sign (southwest) to the climb~10minutes. The iceflow is about 30 feet high and 30 feet wide. A large tree can be toproped about 10 feet back of the climb. This climb is probably WI 3, similar to the short steep section on the 2nd runnel of ice in Boulder Canyon. Enjoy!

By flynn
Dec 3, 2002

For Moffatt Tunnel, read Wind Tunnel! Expect sustained, hard, cold winds. Fine, of course, if you're dressed for it, but this is as cold a low-altitude place as I've ever visited in Colorado.

By TBD
Jan 13, 2003

Checked this area out for the first time. The main south-facing column was a sun baked drool, didn't see any other south-facing flows. The north-facing climb was pretty fat and dripping in some areas. About 15 feet of vertical. There were a lot of people on Saturday, kind of like Lincoln Falls without all the ice.

By Lisa Longton
Jan 12, 2005

We visited Moffat Tunnel for our first time last Saturday (1/08/05). Although the wind was raging in Golden, Moffat Tunnel didn't have even a slight breeze... it was beautiful. We had the place to ourselves. The snow was falling lightly, and the only sound you could hear was the water trickling behind the fat ice (main flow).

The weather was not freezing by any means, so either we must have picked a good day, or Flynn picked a bad one.

Yes, it's only a 30 foot climb at best. Not all that exciting, but at least it was mostly vertical. It's a good place to take beginners who aren't sure of themselves, because there isn't any feeling of exposure (to gravity, at least).

It was a nice place to go, away from the crowds, and not have to drive through Vail traffic! But, if you're up for something more interesting/long/challenging, might as well go to Vail.

By Vass
Mar 9, 2013

Found gear left here earlier this week... let me know what you're missing and I'll get it back to you.