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Smugglers Notch Ice climbing

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01E - The Workout Wall 
02W - Jeff Slide Area (aka The Classroom) 
03W - ENT Gully Area 
04W - Quartz Crack Face Area 
05W - Easy Gully Area 
06E - The Playground Area 
08E - Elephant's Head Area 
10W - The Blind Fate Area 
13E - The South Wall Area 
14E - The Upper South Wall 
15W - Driving Force Area 
16E - Spruce Peak Crags 
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Smuggler's Notch has some of the best ice climbing and definitively the best mixed climbing in the Green Mountain State. Often referred to as "Smuggs" or "The Notch" by locals, it is comprised of climbing along the closed portion of Route 108 between Jeffersonville in the north and Stowe in the south, Smuggler's Notch is a gem of New England Climbing.

The approach times very greatly by snow conditions. Getting to Easy Gully from the Stone Hut, for example, can take 35 minutes or well over an hour depending on how much snow has come in and if the trail has been beaten in. Expect this for most climbs.

Climbs listed are from North to South and the 'W' or 'E' denotes whether a climb is on the west or east side of the road.

Getting There 

Ice climbing in The Notch can be approached by either the Stowe or Jeffersonville side. Generally, Jeffersonville is used to approach most climbing but use the next section as your guide.

Rt. 108 through the notch is closed from virtually the first snowfall of the season and usually stays closed until spring long after the ice is gone. As long as there is snowpack it's recommended to bring some kind of skis for the approach as the road is skiable throughout 90% of the ice season save for the first few weeks.

The lots on both sides of the road closure are almost always open on weekdays and usually fill up on weekends. If climbing on a weekend, plan to be there early, the Jeffersonville side has more spots but is also more popular.


Areas from Jeffersonville (from Stowe), distances on the road from the parking/gate.
1.2 (1.8), Stone Hut
1.3 (1.7), High Point in Road
  • 1.35 (1.65), west side, Hidden Gully
  • 1.5 (1.5), west side, Terror-Tory

GPS MAP WITH AREAS LABELED courtesy of Max Forbes:

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Smugglers Notch Ice climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Smugglers Notch Ice climbing:
Ragnarock   WI4+ M4     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   08E - Elephant's Head Area
Blue Room   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 160'   13E - The South Wall Area
Hidden Gully   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 650'   10W - The Blind Fate Area
Jefferson Slide   WI3- M1-2 PG13     Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   02W - Jeff Slide Area (aka ...
Dave's Snotsicle   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   13E - The South Wall Area
Elephant's head gully   WI3-     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 170'   08E - Elephant's Head Area
Grand Illusion   WI4+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 300'   05W - Easy Gully Area
Poster Child   WI4 M4+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 125'   05W - Easy Gully Area
Blind Fate   WI4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   10W - The Blind Fate Area
Easy Gully   WI2-     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 400'   05W - Easy Gully Area
Grand Confusion   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   05W - Easy Gully Area
ENT Gully Variation   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches   03W - ENT Gully Area
A's Anguish (AKA golden ice chimney)   WI4+     Trad, Ice   04W - Quartz Crack Face Are...
Left Ampitheater   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   15W - Driving Force Area
Workout Wall   WI3-4     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   01E - The Workout Wall
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Featured Route For Smugglers Notch Ice climbing
Rock Climbing Photo: Jefferson's Slide

Jefferson Slide WI3- M1-2 PG13  Vermont : *Vermont Ice Climbing : ... : 02W - Jeff Slide Area (aka ...
Very large ice slide with a lot to do from mixed to ice. Easier on the Left and side and becomes more mixed towards the right...[more]   Browse More Classics in Vermont

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Jefferson Slide looking down from approach above

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By bradley white
From: Bend
Nov 11, 2012
Does the narrow no escape thin gully near Elephant Head, have a name? I got on it in 1986 and thought it would never end. Ice got shallow often and was not brittle. Same moves over and over again though.

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