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Aircraft Carrier, The 
Bikini Bottom 
Gilman Canyon 
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Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Creek) 
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From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
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This area encompasses a geographic location with a variety of vertical type experiences. You probably have heard most about the Vail ice and you can find that under the CO ice/mixed section. In this section, you will find various rock cragging on sandstone, limestone, gneiss, schist, and even some granite. While this generally has little for a destination type of experience, there is still some interesting crags to find vertical pleasure.

Some of the climbing here is protected in information accessibility and locals may cringe to see non-Eagle county folks playing here. Nonetheless, we have to share amiably and symbiose.

Some of the better known areas include Lime Park's limestone, Wolcott's sandstone & nearby Gilman's gneiss, but there is more for the exploring types.

Due to the increased elevation, most of the cragging in this area is limited to April to October times.

Getting There 

As a well-known ski area, this general location is easy to find. I-70 accesses this area from either east or west (100 miles West of Denver). From the south, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (past Copper Mountain) or US 24 (through Minturn). From the north, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (Silverthorne) or CO Hwy 131 (Wolcott). The ice cragging is mostly visible from I-70. Parking is challenging, since all street parking in Vail is subject to ticketing. Gilman, illegal to access, is reached via US 24 south from Minturn.


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Since we split off Leadville, click here to find Leadville crags.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

237 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',84],['2 Stars',86],['1 Star',38],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff:
Han Throwlo   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   The Gravity Garden : The Anti-Gravity Wall
V5   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Klettergarden : Boulder A
Star Crossed Lovers   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Aircraft Carrier
Golden Years   V5 6C     Boulder   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Waterside Boulder
The Minturn Mile   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   The Klettergarden : The Minturn Mile Boulder
Immortality   V8 7B     TR, Boulder, 25'   The Klettergarden : Giant Boulder Uphill From M...
Return of the Jedi   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   The Klettergarden : The Minturn Mile Boulder
Cool Arete   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   The Aircraft Carrier
Drilla From Manilla   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Snail Trail   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Chupacabra   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Rafting with Rednecks (aka "Test")   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Uckfay Ushbay   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Tears   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Smoke on the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Drive By Shooting   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
The Bush League   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Momentary Lack of Resin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Snipe Hunter   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Unknown (Right Arch of Cave)   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
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Featured Route For Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Deulen in the midst of the traverse.

Smoke on the Water 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : The Punchbowl
Currently the first route on the left of the overhang, this amazing 11c starts from a sketchy belay, going to a large block that may fall off in 50 years. There is a glued hold just above the first bolt. The 3rd bolt starts the move to the right. A jug seems to magically appear whenever the holds run out. You may find yourself pumped out and epic-ing by the time you get to the somewhat of a downclimb crux near the last two bolts. Gain a good side pull, then jug to the last two convenient open ga...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear...
Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some deepwater freesoloing.
Some deepwater freesoloing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Page 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
BETA PHOTO: Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado R...
Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado R...
Rock Climbing Photo: Page 3.

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By Lateralus
Jul 11, 2015
I am planing to head up to Lime Creek in the upcoming week. Can anyone tell me how the ratings of Lime Creek compare to the ratings at Rifle Mountain Park?

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