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Rifle Mountain State Park  


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Submitted By: Tymothe Meskel on Mar 19, 2006
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Description 

This park has steep ice curtains that can solidify to become excellent ice climbs; however, due to the low altitude, conditions tend to be fickle. Climbs here range from WI4+-6.

Some nice footage of climbing here can be found on On Ice with Alex Lowe & Kitty Calhoun kicking it up.

Make sure you stop at the fee station and pay your fee! The rangers in this area are very strict. Pay attention to the signs posted at the fee station as there are usually fire bans, bear of cat sighting in the area you will need to be aware of. There are tons ice and mixed climbs up here as well as tons of bolted climbs.

This submission was originally placed by some memory challenged admin who now reassigned the credit.

Getting There 

Exit the Rifle exit off I-70, west of Glenwood or east of Grand Junction. Take the first road north into town HWY 13. This road will turn into Railroad Ave. Take this road all the way through the town until it becomes Hwy 13 again. At the bowling alley, head east on HWY 325. Follow that road past the golf course and Rifle Falls, and you will reach a sharp left hand turn, past the fishing hatchery (you can't miss it). Thanks, Tymothe Meskel! It's more than me pea brain can keep in mind. I always seem to get a bit lost.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rifle Mountain State Park:
Final Curtain   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   West Side of the Canyon
Ice Palace   WI5-6     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
Stone Free   WI5+     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
Soul On Ice   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
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Featured Route For Rifle Mountain State Park
Ice Palace.

Ice Palace WI5-6  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : West Side of the Canyon
I don't like describing routes I haven't led, but Ice Palace's exit was so melted out it was unleadable today (at least my me). This climb rarely comes in, so we set up a top rope (couldn't help ourselves). Thanks Randy Harris for your awesome BW5 (bushwhack) above Stone Free. She is a beautiful 115 foot pillar that gets 3-4 hours of sun a day making her exit even more dangerous than the usual dangerous Rifle exits. She had a cone that was so melted out today we would not even top r...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Ice Palace from the base of Stone Free on 1/23/2010.
Ice Palace from the base of Stone Free on 1/23/201...
The Pleasure Pillar (right side of Final Curtain) at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.
The Pleasure Pillar (right side of Final Curtain) ...

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By Tymothe Meskel
Oct 26, 2006
It's pretty easy to get there. Exit the rifle exit on I-70, west of Glenwood or east of Grand Junction. Take the first road north into town HWY 13. This Road will turn into Railroad ave. Take this road all the way through the town til it becomes Hwy 13 again. At the bowling alley, Head east on HWY 325. Follow that road past the golf course and rifle falls and you will reach a sharp left hand turn, past the fishing hatchery (you can't miss it). Make shure you stop at the fee station and pay your fee! The rangers in this area are very strict. Pay attention to the signs posted at the fee station as there are usually fire bans, bear of cat sighting in the area you will need to be awhere of. There are tons ice and mixed climbs up here as well as tons of bolted climbs. Happy route hunting.

Cheers,
Tymothe