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Rifle Mountain State Park

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West Side of the Canyon 

Rifle Mountain State Park 


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Submitted By: Tymothe Meskel on Mar 19, 2006
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Description 

This park has steep ice curtains that can solidify to become excellent ice climbs; however, due to the low altitude, conditions tend to be fickle. Climbs here range from WI4+-6.

Some nice footage of climbing here can be found on On Ice with Alex Lowe & Kitty Calhoun kicking it up.

Make sure you stop at the fee station and pay your fee! The rangers in this area are very strict. Pay attention to the signs posted at the fee station as there are usually fire bans, bear of cat sighting in the area you will need to be aware of. There are tons ice and mixed climbs up here as well as tons of bolted climbs.

This submission was originally placed by some memory challenged admin who now reassigned the credit.


Getting There 

Exit the Rifle exit off I-70, west of Glenwood or east of Grand Junction. Take the first road north into town HWY 13. This road will turn into Railroad Ave. Take this road all the way through the town until it becomes Hwy 13 again. At the bowling alley, head east on HWY 325. Follow that road past the golf course and Rifle Falls, and you will reach a sharp left hand turn, past the fishing hatchery (you can't miss it). Thanks, Tymothe Meskel! It's more than me pea brain can keep in mind. I always seem to get a bit lost.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rifle Mountain State Park:
Ice Palace   WI5-6     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
Final Curtain   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   West Side of the Canyon
Stone Free   WI5+     Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
Soul On Ice   WI5+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 115'   West Side of the Canyon
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Photo of Stone Free taken from the road. Climber, Betty Thorsen.

Stone Free WI5+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : West Side of the Canyon
First 50 feet is a detached chandelier pillar, 90 to 95 degree ice for 75 feet with large, free hanging icicles that can make climbing even on top rope a bit dicey. Eases to 85 degrees last 40 feet. Plan on getting dirty at the top setting up rappel/top rope on anchor tree....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Ice Palace from the base of Stone Free on 1/23/2010.
Ice Palace from the base of Stone Free on 1/23/201...
The Pleasure Pillar (right side of Final Curtain) at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.
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By Tymothe Meskel
Oct 26, 2006

It's pretty easy to get there. Exit the rifle exit on I-70, west of Glenwood or east of Grand Junction. Take the first road north into town HWY 13. This Road will turn into Railroad ave. Take this road all the way through the town til it becomes Hwy 13 again. At the bowling alley, Head east on HWY 325. Follow that road past the golf course and rifle falls and you will reach a sharp left hand turn, past the fishing hatchery (you can't miss it). Make shure you stop at the fee station and pay your fee! The rangers in this area are very strict. Pay attention to the signs posted at the fee station as there are usually fire bans, bear of cat sighting in the area you will need to be awhere of. There are tons ice and mixed climbs up here as well as tons of bolted climbs. Happy route hunting.

Cheers,
Tymothe