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Ice Box Rock Climbing 


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Location: 44.28332, -103.8988 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Cameron Luth on May 28, 2007  with updates from BBQ
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Spearfish Canyon area.

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',11],['5.11',12],['5.12',10],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ice Box

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ice Box:
The KlonDyke   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   
Frosted Flake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
The Shivering Sphincter   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
A Crack In The Ice   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 65'   
Ya Bud!   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Ice Box

Featured Route For Ice Box
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool side pulls and finger locks!

Pular Express 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Ice Box
Long and lean on holds that are not side pulls. Starts vertically on small pockets and crimps that give way to a huge, white ledge, which leads to a head wall, that quickly kicks into overhung overdrive!From there this climb becomes A SIDE PULLER'S WET DREAM CUM TRUE! Grab side pull, after side pull, after crimp after jug, to finger locks, and even more side pulls through sequences of funner-than-hell moves all the way up to an imposing roof.When a hold is in question, the answer is side pull! T...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

Photos of Ice Box Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Box routes in The Alcove:  From left to right:...
Ice Box routes in The Alcove: From left to right:...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Ice Box.  Correction: It should say South t...
Map of Ice Box. Correction: It should say South t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The slightly south-east facing routes of the left ...
The slightly south-east facing routes of the left ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
Rock Climbing Photo: The sign in the parking lot.
The sign in the parking lot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Austin at Ice Box.
Austin at Ice Box.
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside cragging with great hangs! Ice Box Rocks!
Roadside cragging with great hangs! Ice Box Rocks!
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the primo wall at Ice Box. Contains the ...
A view of the primo wall at Ice Box. Contains the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes ...
Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Ice Box.  Just a bit farther down the road f...
Lower Ice Box. Just a bit farther down the road f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Ice Box.  The Ice Box now has a slew of New ...
Lower Ice Box. The Ice Box now has a slew of New ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Box Climbs that are to the right of the Flagsh...
Ice Box Climbs that are to the right of the Flagsh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark enjoys a warm winters day at The Ice Box  Pho...
Mark enjoys a warm winters day at The Ice Box Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Katie enjoys The Stolen Gem, 5.10a on the right ha...
Katie enjoys The Stolen Gem, 5.10a on the right ha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Box warm ups.
Ice Box warm ups.

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By Mikel Cronin
Aug 4, 2008
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.
By Lyn34 Larsenhosen
May 10, 2014
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.
By BBQ
May 11, 2014
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.
By EthanC
Aug 21, 2016
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.
By Le Bob
From: Golden, CO
Sep 10, 2017
This is across the street from the parking for shadowlands.

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