Elevation: 5,536 ft
GPS: 44.283, -103.899 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Cameron Luth on May 28, 2007 with updates from BBQ
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

This is a little canyon also know as Hellsgate Gulch. It was one of the first areas developed in Spearfish Canyon. The climbing is good and at one time, some of the climbs you will need a little bit of pro. Now virtually all routes are safely bolted and you can leave the gear at home. Most of the climbs are short and to the point and are worth climbing at least once.

Getting There

Heading south from Spearfish on Alt 14, turn right at Cheyenne Crossing. Drive 2.2 miles, park in a semicircular parking pull off on your left with a wooden bridge crossing the creek. Ice box is the crag you can see across the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ice Box

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
The KlonDyke
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Frosted Flake
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
The Shivering Sphincter
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 6
Ya Bud!
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The KlonDyke
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Frosted Flake
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Shivering Sphincter
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Ya Bud!
 6
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
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Mikel Cronin
Rapid City, SD
Mikel Cronin   Rapid City, SD
What routes were pulled? I know of 2 or 3 on the right side of the draw that were pulled but there should be 3 or 4 on both sides that still have bolts. Aug 4, 2008
The general info page reflects an outdated view on the Icebox area. It should be updated to include the caliber of change that has gone on in the area for the past 2 years. It is now an enjoyable place to hang out and climb without the commitment of a long hike. May 10, 2014
BBQ
BBQ  
Leave the trad gear in your vehicle. As of this year Ice Box is officially a pure sport climbing area with modern bolts and brand new hardware. May 11, 2014
EthanC  
In case anyone is trying to use the directions on this page to actually get to the crag: heading south from spearfish on Alt 14, turn right at Cheyenne Crossing. Drive 2.2 miles, park in a semicircular parking pull off on your left with a wooden bridge crossing the creek. Ice box is the crag you can see across the road. Aug 21, 2016
Le Bob
Lakewood,CO
Le Bob   Lakewood,CO
This is across the street from the parking for shadowlands. Sep 10, 2017