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North Cheyenne Canyon is a city of Colorado Springs park that is known as more of a rock climbing area than for ice. However, during the colder months of the year, there are a couple of waterfalls and drainages that can freeze up to offer some interesting bits of climbing. It is a great place to go if conditions are right and you donít want to travel to some of the more far flung destinations to the North or West of town. Though there is not so much ice, it is a really good place to learn to climb, especially on Silver Cascade Falls, Saint Maryís Falls, or Helen Hunt Falls. The more advanced climber will probably appreciate attempting the Phantom, when it can be found in good condition. The West face of the Pinnacle can also offer a good winter alpine climbing experience.
Getting to North Cheyenne Canyon is a breeze. From Colorado Springs, exit Interstate 25 onto US Highway 24 west. Turn left or south on 21st street. Turn right or west on Cheyenne Blvd. Follow this until North Cheyenne Canyon Road splits back to the right. Most of the climbing is along this road. The Graduation Boulder is an easy to find landmark. Above it, across the creek is the Pinnacle. It is very easy to spot and has a wonderful 4 pitch up its north face called the Army Route.
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Silver Cascade Falls WI2-3 Ice, 1 pitch, 165'
Hully Gully WI3+ Ice, 2 pitches
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Hully Gully WI3+ CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North Cheyenne Canyon
A good 2 pitch ice climb in the Colorado Springs area. First pitch, I believe is 40 or so feet. Second pitch is close to 110 feet. Top rope off the tree on the right of the 2nd pitch. We used a 70 meter rope and had a few feet to spare. The trail can be found by looking for boot and crampon marks heading downhill. A great place to take beginners to get a feel for steep ice. Better than the hacked out Silver Cascade Slab....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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