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By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Mar 7, 2015
If you're looking for a leg day plus some good climbing, this is a good spot to go. It's a 7-8 mile ski to St. Vrain Peak from the closed gate.
Between the campground andincludingthe "Dog Day" routes shown here, there are up to 15 total ice/mixed routes on various walls from moderate to pretty hard (over 6 miles...), all on the south side of this long valley. The routes are similar to south-facing routes you might find in Hyalite Canyon and are very condition dependent. In general, you should expect steep, sun-baked ice with at least some mixed climbing and 25-45m pitch lengths. Bring rock and ice gear and two ropes. There's some avalanche hazard on the Dog routes, and the remoteness makes this a serious place to climb.
I guess you could also camp out there when conditions are good. Also, this area should be re-categorized into the Indian Peaks section.