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
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.
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.
Leadville climbing website
Since we split off Leadville, click here
to find Leadville crags.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
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['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',75],['2 Stars',70],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',0]
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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?