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|Type:||TR, Ice, 120 ft (36 m)|
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The Lake City Ice Park offers two different areas of farmed ice. Both are located on Henson Creek within a half mile of town.
The Water Tower Park
- approximately 10 to 15 routes (you can place ice screws in for directional and get some more varied terrain covered from one anchor)
- mixed grades, WI3 to 5 (in general routes seemed easier when compared to Ouray Ice Park).
- 60 to 100 feet long pitches.
- bolted anchors (it is easy to set up a top rope, and in some cases you can even use trees, which are pretty far from the edge - bring an extra rope if using the tree anchor).
The Beer Garden Park
This ice is new as of 2020. The wall is 100’ tall and 600-700 feet wide. Trees are the only anchors but there are many. A 70 meter rope is required. This area is more difficult than the original Water Tower Park.
There is plenty of parking at both ice parks, fire pits, picnic tables, and on a non-COVID year, warming tents.
There is no charge to climb, and it is "climb at your own risk" no longer requiring signing a waiver. It has a very friendly atmosphere. Lake City Ice Climbs, Inc. is a Colorado non-profit organization dedicated providing a one of a kind climbing experience at the Lake City Ice Park. It is a volunteer-based organization. The Lake City Ice Park is located, with permission, on public, Bureau of Land Management lands. The ice park exists due to the volunteer efforts of Lake City Ice Climbs, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the Town of Lake City, and Hinsdale County.
To get to Lake City, start in Gunnison and take US Highway 50 west to CO Highway 149 at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Head south about 50 miles to the town.
The fun climbing in the Lake City Ice Park is just southwest of downtown along Henson Creek. Follow Bluff Street or 1st Street to Engineer Pass Road, aka County Road 20.