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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Chimney M4 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 200 feet, Grade II
Right of Round the Corner WI4 M2 Trad, Mixed, Ice
The Plumb WI4+ M6+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch
Fish Out of Water WI5 M4-5 Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Holy Grail M7 Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Crown of Thorns M4-5 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50 feet
The Shroud WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Round the Corner WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, Grade II
Tony's Nightmare WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, Grade II
Sneaky 1 WI2 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, 3000 feet, Grade III
Three Tiers WI2+ Trad, Ice
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Three Tiers WI2+ CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Tenmile Canyon aka Officer'...
This is as fun as WI2 gets. Walk past The Shroud and Tony's Nightmare to an obvious, long gully in a rocky section of the canyon, about 20-30 minutes and past a prominent side canyon. The route consists of three steep steps separated by long stretches of snow groveling and low angle ice. The first tier is the crux and is about 45 feet long, and the remaining tiers get easier and shorter. The gully is about 400 feet long or so, but only three stretches are technical....[more] Browse More Classics in CO