Elevation: 2,000 ft
GPS: 33.741, -112.174 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Eric Foster on Apr 26, 2007
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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This area is located about 2 miles to the southeast of The Ice Castles. The rock is sharp quartz monzonite similar to the rock at Beardsley Boulders and Pinnacle Peak. The area most likely hasn't been tapped out as there are several hundred boulders in the area. As of now access to the area and how to get there has changed since I was last there and if anyone could post some new information on how to access the are that would be great.

Getting There

How to access the Icecapades ares is currently unknown. Please PM me if you have any helpful information on accessing the area. Prior to construction of a new housing area you could access the area by crossing this bridge at these coordinates (33.735601, -112.169893).

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Vlad M-15
glendale, az
Vlad M-15   glendale, az
tried to go to this area today but 51st ave is blocked of and there is a fence that says no trespassing. Appearently construction for the Central Arizona Project is going on. Mar 14, 2010
Glendale, Arizona
Rolen   Glendale, Arizona
I went here today and you can get through the fence now. this the best place to boulder in the Phoenix area there are thousands of boulders to climb. Nov 10, 2012
Ben Rakozy
Peoria, AZ
Ben Rakozy   Peoria, AZ
I drove to the end of 51st but there are "No Trespassing" signs all over the fence at the end of the road. Has anyone attempted to receive permission to access this area? Are the Icecapades off limits? It seems a shame to not be able to climb here. Apr 27, 2015
Trey Lewis
Glendale, Az
Trey Lewis   Glendale, Az
The area is state land. All you need is a state land access permit. Dec 22, 2016
Jonathan cun
San Diego, CA
Jonathan cun   San Diego, CA
Awesome Trey thanks for the info and thinking of checking out the spot monday. I've been doing south mountain the past three sessions. Hopefully the approach isn't as long. Dec 29, 2016
I was just here a few hours ago, and it's an incredible area. It is still open, but yeah finding the entrance can be a bit wonky. When you come up upon the road closed sign, just drive past the barrier on the east side of it. There's enough space for your car, and I'm pretty sure they put the barrier there that way on purpose. There were a few other people parked there behind the barrier. Obviously don't park on the bridge. Once you cross the bridge, there is another barrier, and a barbed wire fence with "No Trespassing" signs. They do patrol the area every now and then, so all you need to have an Arizona Land Trust Permit. It's just $15 for a whole year for one person. There is an opening to the right. Just climb over the cement wall. Then just have fun exploring the area, bouldering, climbing, hiking, whatever you feel like. The climb to the top of Pyramid Peak is definitely a fun one. I recommend it. May 10, 2017
Ben Rakozy
Peoria, AZ
Ben Rakozy   Peoria, AZ
I heard a rumor that there are some bolted routes in this area. Has anyone ever seen bolts or know where these “supposed” sport routes may be? Mar 25, 2018
hi ben! I've been in the area for a while, and there are a few bolted routes northwest of the icescapades at 33.768480, -112.205131 The ones I've found have some rusted bolts, but there is a fun chimney route and short sport route with newish bolts. There also is a massive flake north of the coordinates with chained anchors on top and a single bolt protecting a possible trad route. Getting there can be a pain without a vehicle without clearance, but the area is very cool and close to the north valley. Also, as of today, there is a large beehive in the southern end of the rock area so don't get stung to death. May 14, 2018