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Tenmile Canyon is along the interstate just west of Dillon. This area has lots of nice easy to moderate ice climbs with casual approaches. The downside is that most routes are the bottoms of avalanche chutes, so it is only sane to climb here early in the season before heavy snow falls. Preview conditions carefully before jumping on anything here.
From Dillon, drive west on I-70 to the exit for Officer's Gulch. Park on the south side of the road at the start of the path through Tenmile Canyon. Most of the routes are to the west, but a few come in east of the lot. To approach everything, walk along the trail until you see your route and then bushwhack up to it(there will likely be tracks through the snow).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tenmile Canyon aka Officer's Gulch:
Holy Grail M7 Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50'
Right of Round the Corner WI4 M2 Trad, Mixed, Ice
Chimney M4 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 200'
The Plumb WI4+ M6+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch
Three Tiers WI2+ Trad, Ice
Crown of Thorns M4-5 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50'
Round the Corner WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches
The Shroud WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Sneaky 1 WI2 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, 3000'
Tony's Nightmare WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches
Upper Tiers 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b WI3-4 M4 Mod. Snow R Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 12 pitches, 1500'
Tres Amigos 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b WI3+ M6 Mod. Snow PG13 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 3 pitches, 450'
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Unnamed Gully WI2-3 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Tenmile Canyon aka Officer'...
This is the pitch of ice way up in the left branch of the big Y Couloir in Officer's Gulch. It's a beautiful little bit of easy ice. Pick a low avalanche risk day. Walk west from the parking area about a mile on a footpath into the big basin. Below Three Tiers find a switchback east and up. Follow this until you are in the drainage below Round the Corner, unnamed curtain, and unnamed gully. Hike up the drainage, hopefully on a stamped-down path. At the Y perhaps ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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