Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes) Rock Climbing
The Potato Routes portion of the Ice Caves Wall has long been a popular wall for moderate routes and features old classics like Merry Maids. This subarea includes routes Vortex to Small Fry.
This area is most often accessed from the Feline parking area which is found 0.6 mile from the park entrance station. The parking area is a large pullout on the left (west) side of the road, immediately across the creek from the obvious chalk-streaked Feline
route. To access the Potato routes, cross the bridge and head down canyon, passing the gray cave where Chud
resides and the Funny Face. The barren belay zone below Do the Mashed Potato
is obvious after passing through the vegetation.
Alternatively, you can hike Koper's Trail from the Lower Ice Caves area to access these routes.
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes):
Hot Potato 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes)
Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
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This is 10 feet to the right of Hot Potato. It is a well-protected, straightforward route. All of the bolts have great holds/feet to clip in from, except for the second to last one which is the crux. The best part of the route is at the top following a crack for about 6 feet to the chains.This route is not in the guidebook that I have (Bite the Bullet by Dave Pegg), so if anyone has the info on FA, name or actual rating, please update.Addendum: according to [[1071528...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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