To the west of Silverton (North on US Hwy 550) up the South Mineral Creek Road (FR 585) there are a number of high-quality ice climbs in the WI3-5 range. Nearly all of these climbs are north facing and can form early in the season. Similar to climbing in Eureka, the South Mineral Creek area is exposed to high avalanche danger. Be aware of the current avalanche conditions before climbing here.
From Silverton, take US Hwy 550 North towards Ouray. After about 2 miles, there will be a sign for the South Mineral Campground off to the left. This is FR 585. There is usually a plowed pullout here to park at. Ski or snowshoe along FR 585 passing below the climbs. FR 585 may be passable early in the season before the snow starts to really fall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Mineral Creek:
Snotty Nosed Brat WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 400 feet, Grade III
Sundance WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 190 feet, Grade III
Snowblind WI4 Trad, Ice, 1000 feet, Grade III
Campground Couloir WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 1000 feet, Grade IV
Direct North Face WI4 Trad, Ice, 1500 feet, Grade IV
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