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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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This area has farmed ice directly below the city water tower. Routes range from WI3-M scary. Use toprope anchors off trees above routes. There are at least 15 lines, 80-100 feet, facing north or northwest. Natural lines are found along Henson Creek between the two ice parks if you are there on just the right day. Be sure to sign a waiver, found conveniently located throughout town, before climbing at the park.

From Garrett Bales: The Lake City Ice park is located approximately 1/6 mile up the Henson Creek road right out of the town of Lake City. The necessary permits have been obtained from the BLM, and the climbing is up and running. Everyone is asked to sign a quick release waiver before climbing. These can be acquired at a couple places around town including the Chamber of Commerce Tourist Center by the post office, Lake City Auto, Mocha Moose Coffee Shop, Storm Front Gallery, Sportsman's BBQ Station, Town Square Cabins, and at Sweet Peas goodies shop located in the center of town across from the town park. Sweet Peas also offers great local beta and killer cookies.

There are approximately 50+ routes approximately 80 feet tall ranging in difficulty from fun moderates to more challenging with many F.A.s yet to be ticked. All routes are ice/mixed, and all pro is not pre-placed. Seasons range from now January 07 to ice melt.

Lake City is a small town with few amentities, so plan accordingly. Try to support the local population. The ice park has been made possible by the Town of Lake City and a couple volunteers, namely Craig "Mad Dog", Mike Camp, Gabe McNeese, and Freeze. Aside from the ice park, Lake City offers some of the best ice climbing in the country. IXL Mountain and Tick Rock, home to Jedi Mind Tricks, are just a couple of areas quick off the mind. Rock on.

Getting There 

Walk or drive to where Henson Creek meets up with Lake City on the west edge of town.

From Garrett Bales: Go to Lake City, CO. Mapquest works great, Once in Lake City go to Henson Creek Road also called Engineer Pass road, right on the outskirts of town. Look across the river at the cliff side with all the obvious ice routes on it, get out and pick a line.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Lake City Ice Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lake City Ice Park:
Unknown Lake City Ice Park   WI3-4     TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: During the Lake City Ice Fest.  Source: summitpost...

Unknown Lake City Ice Park WI3-4  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Lake City Ice Park
The Lake City Ice Park offers:- 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).There is no charge to climb (but you ar...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lake City Ice Park.
Lake City Ice Park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake City ice fest.
BETA PHOTO: Lake City ice fest.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mixed terrain, Lake City ice park.
Mixed terrain, Lake City ice park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake City ice - Jan. 22, 2010.
BETA PHOTO: Lake City ice - Jan. 22, 2010.
Rock Climbing Photo: Last light of the day.
Last light of the day.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dustin with the last light of the day.
Dustin with the last light of the day.
Rock Climbing Photo: The left flow WI3, right is WI4.
The left flow WI3, right is WI4.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian shaking out the cobwebs.
Brian shaking out the cobwebs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Western State College group learning to ice climb.
Western State College group learning to ice climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: The right side of the area - a nice 100' pitch.  T...
The right side of the area - a nice 100' pitch. T...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake City Ice Park from above.
Lake City Ice Park from above.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake City Ice Park.
Lake City Ice Park.

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By R.Rees
Jul 21, 2008
Nice work on the park. Can't wait for next season. Hopefully the Ice fest will go on next season too, that was a great time.
By Jim Koegel
Dec 9, 2008
Ice Fest? Is Lake City now having one or were you just refering to Ouray's. As much as I have loved Ouray's party, it's gotten a bit too big and expensive for me. Lake City would be totally cool for a mini fest. I bet we wouldn't even have to make reservations or pay to be in a clinic to get to climb.
By Buff Johnson
Dec 10, 2008
Koegs -- it's coming up in Feb. (02/28/09).
By Garrett Bales
From: Lake City, CO
Jan 16, 2009
LC ice park is up and running, thanks to Maddog, Freeze, and the rest of the LC Crew for the hard work. Dont forget to sign a waiver when there.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Feb 18, 2009
We were quite pleased. A very nice alterative to Ouray.
We didn't find any info on these BUT - they have installed about 7, 24" galvanized steel posts along the top of the cliff for rappel points. A real help.

To reach these posts, it is definitely more than a half rope (even a 70meter) - so you'll need double ropes or just walk down, it only takes about 5 mintues.

DO BEWARE, and careful to not step on the poly water pipes!!
They run the water at night, and turn it off about 8-9am.
By Tony A. Davis
From: Golden, Colorado
Dec 10, 2009
Can't wait to check this out, might have to cut out of Ouray a day early on my next trip.
By Jeff Welch
From: Denver, CO
Jan 8, 2012
Thinking about swinging by here on the way home from Wolf Creek next weekend.

I've dabbled a bit, but I'm a rock climber, not an ice climber. So we're just looking to screw around on TR, no interest in leading ice. To set up TRs here... what do I need beyond normal anchor stuff? One rope, two? Sounds like tree anchors - how far back are the trees/how much webbing do I need to bring to set up anchors?

By coop Best
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 7, 2014
Anyone have recommendations for places to stay during the winter?
By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Jan 8, 2014
I've always stayed at the Matterhorn Motel.
By coop Best
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Feb 15, 2014
Bring a static line and lots of webbing to setup top rope anchors on the taller climbs even with a 70 meter rope. 80 meter rope is nice if you have one. Great area for families and fantastic climbing.
By Kevin Pula
From: Denver
Nov 23, 2014
Is the ice park open for the '14-'15 winter yet?
By BryceW
Dec 15, 2014
Kevin, the park is not in yet for the 2014-2015 season. Temperatures have been unseasonably warm this year in this part of the state. Last week in Gunnison we had liquid water on the ground in grassy areas due to rapid daytime snow melt. A good cold snap will help things along in terms of the park. Check out some of the back country ice if you are in the area. Most north-facing lines are thin but in and climbable.
By BryceW
Dec 16, 2014
The water was turned on yesterday, and the ice is growing.

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