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.
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',18],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Ice Box
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ice Box:
Ya Bud! 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 70'
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Shoulda Nona Better 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c South Dakota
: Spearfish Canyon
: Ice Box
This route basically defines perfect pocket pulling! Starts on pockets, climbs to pockets, climbs through pockets, climbs past pockets of all sizes. You will find the occasional crimp and side pull but if you love pockets get on this one and go nuts.Stick your fingers and toes into small pockets, medium-sized pockets and big pockets galore! All the best holds are pockets, pockets and even more pockets!Oddly enough, the irony of it all comes from a stopper crux with a sloper hold that disguises i...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
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Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Map of Ice Box. Correction: It should say South t...
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Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
The sign in the parking lot.
Roadside cragging with great hangs! Ice Box Rocks!
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Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
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Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
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Mark enjoys a warm winters day at The Ice Box Pho...
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Katie enjoys The Stolen Gem, 5.10a on the right ha...
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.
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.
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.
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.