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Stone Free 
Tree Slab 

West Side of the Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,157'
Location: 39.71884, -107.69151 View Map  Incorrect?
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Stone Free & Ice Palace are off limits to climbing! MORE INFO >>>


The canyon generally runs north-south. Most, if not all, of the ice climbs are on the west side of the canyon, east-facing cliffs.

Per Michael Schneiter: as you drive through the canyon, the order would be:

Stone Free, WI5+, 1p, 115', screws.
Ice Palace, WI5-6, 1p, 115', screws.
Soul On Ice, WI5+, 1p, 115', screws.
Lower Ice Cave
Tree Slab, WI4-5, 1p, 80', screws.
Final Curtain WI4-5, 1p, 80', screws.

Getting There 

As you drive into the canyon, the west is on your left hand side. Look up and left as you drive, and you can't miss the climbs. Rejoice in the ultra mega short approach.

Climbing Season

For the CO Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 14.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in West Side of the Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Side of the Canyon:
Soul On Ice   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
Ice Palace   WI5-6     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
Stone Free   WI5+     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   
Final Curtain   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For West Side of the Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Lynda Christensen, Montrose CO.

Soul On Ice WI5+  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : West Side of the Canyon
This formation is big enough to support more than one lead line with the easiest being WI5 (today) and the hardest being WI5+. I'm sure there are years 5+ is the easiest line and a WI6 line exists. The top, like most of Rifle's ice climbs, is dirty and the ice can start falling apart. Very comforting to finally get into the rappel anchor. I do love being able to stage for lead right at the car. More incredible Rifle ice. : ) ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Ice Palace.
The Ice Palace.

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By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2017
The routes listed here are not in order but to put them in order as you drive through the canyon, they would be:

Stone Free
Ice Palace
Soul On Ice
Lower Ice Cave (not on MP)
Tree Slab
Final Curtain
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2017
Stone Free and Ice Palace are on state-owned Division of Wildlife land that is part of the trout hatchery and hence are off limits to all climbing, including mixed and ice climbing. These climbs are not part of city-owned land that makes up Rifle Mountain Park. In the last few years, the Division of Wildlife has put up more and more signs that state "No Climbing", and DOW employees will chase off climbers who climb there. It should be encouraged to honor this closure as the Rifle Climbers Coalition has made repeated attempts to open up access to this area and repeated violations of the climbing closure probably make these efforts even more difficult.

Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing closure sign at beginning of canyon.
Climbing closure sign at beginning of canyon.

Rock Climbing Photo: One of the "no climbing" signs at the ba...
One of the "no climbing" signs at the base of the climbs.

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