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 13.6 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 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes)
Merry Maids 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Colorado
: Rifle Mountain Park
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Unmistakable, Merry Maids crops up about 200 feet from the ice cave and fires up the corner of a colorful, left-facing dihedral. This rock is still a little sharp, but it has been getting more friendly with use. Big blocks lead to an interesting stemming problem that will dump you off the corner at three quarters height. Negotiate a small bulge just below the anchor.It is a good warm-up, gets good sun, and has acceptable but not outstanding rock....[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
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