North Vail Ice Rock Climbing
There are at least three areas with ice climbing in the vicinity of Vail and on the North side of I-70. The most significant area is Booth Creek with its amazing, fragile pillars and gullies basking in the sun. Expect a hump if you want to climb here. However, there are also at least two other climbs, one is just next to the frontage road near the East Vail exit. Another lies just north off the Piney Lake Rd. With the exception of the last climb, all are potentially subject to the kryptonite-like power of the Colorado sun. So, use good judgment and climb on cold, cloudy days.
For the time being, we'll split North Vail Ice into Booth Creek & non-Booth Creek.
The purpose of this extra layer of area is for organizational purposes.
I-70, to the E Vail exit. Go W. For the Booth Creek area, go N at the towards Booth Creek. Park at the end of the road. Check the signs out before leaving your car. Hike, snowshoe, or ski in.
For the Piney Lake Pillar, go to FR 700 (Red Sandstone Rd.) near a tall structure on the N side of the road. Drive through a small subdivision, park at the end of the road where it is gated.
Climbing Season For the Vail Ice area.
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Vail Ice
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Vail Ice:
Featured Route For North Vail Ice
Three Blind Mice aka Sabertooth
: CO Ice & Mixed
: ... : Vail, Booth Creek
This is a big curtain of unhacked, solid, blue ice. Maybe about 80-95 feet tall, and 60-70 feet wide. There are independent lines anywhere from solid WI4/4+ to possibly as high as WI5+/6(?). The easiest lines being on the far right, and left side variations. The middle sections being a bit longer and harder. Lots of variations possible on this, and the surrounding cliffbands. Would get a tad easier with some traffic. We climbed the left side, and found the climbing challenging due to the steep, ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO