Little Eiger area - ice Climbing
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Clear Creek Canyon (CCC) is aptly situated along Clear Creek, just west of Golden.
Several sites along US 6 in Clear Creek Canyon between Golden and Black Hawk produce surprisingly fun ice climbs in a casual setting. Some of the climbs in the upper canyon form consistently every year, while others at lower elevations form up less frequently. All the climbs except for those in the Aqueduct area are formed by natural drainages that feed Clear Creek. All climbs are on the left side of the road, on the opposite side of the creek on the northern aspect where they are shaded from the sun most of the day. Therefore, the ice tends to be clear water ice.
The easy access of these climbs from the road and their proximity to the Denver Area, make these climbs some of the most popular and crowded climbs on the Front Range. Be patient and considerate of other parties on the ice. Wear your helmet, belay out of the way of the path of icefall, call your falling ice, and always be aware of other parties. All of the climbs in Clear Creek Canyon are capable of being toproped, but also make for exciting beginner leads. Even if you arrive first, dont hog the ice with grid topropes that you arent climbing on. Allow others to solo or lead past when you are not occupying your lines. These climbs are an incredible resource that we all can share.
From Boulder, take Hwy 93 (Broadway) straight S into Golden.
Then take a W on US 6 into Clear Creek Canyon into the canyon. Little Eiger is about 3 1/2 miles upstream from Tunnel 1. It is just S of the first bridge uphill from Tunnel 1. If you get to Tunnel 2, you've gone too far.
Pullouts can be found along the highway, and most approaches are about 1-5 minutes.
Beer Gardens on left at 2.8 miles.
Coors Lite on left at 3.8 miles. Coors Light Exit Crack is a var of P2.
In between is the modest-sized cliff known as Little Eiger.
Mickey's Bigmouth on left at 4.3 miles. Red Stripe is a variation of P1.
(+/- on the mileage)
Classic Climbing Routes at Little Eiger area - ice
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