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West Side of the Canyon
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West Side of the Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: TBD on Jan 29, 2003
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The canyon generally runs north-south. Most, if not all, of the ice climbs are on the west side of the canyon, east-facing cliffs.

Getting There 

As you drive into the canyon, the west is on your left hand side. Look up and left as you drive, and you can't miss the climbs. Rejoice in the ultra mega short approach.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Side of the Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Side of the Canyon:
Ice Palace   WI5-6     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
Final Curtain   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
Stone Free   WI5+     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
Soul On Ice   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
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Featured Route For West Side of the Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Lynda Christensen, Montrose CO.

Soul On Ice WI5+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : West Side of the Canyon
This formation is big enough to support more than one lead line with the easiest being WI5 (today) and the hardest being WI5+. I'm sure there are years 5+ is the easiest line and a WI6 line exists. The top, like most of Rifle's ice climbs, is dirty and the ice can start falling apart. Very comforting to finally get into the rappel anchor. I do love being able to stage for lead right at the car. More incredible Rifle ice. : ) ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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