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South Mineral Creek Rock Climbing 

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The top of the first real pitch of steep ice.


To the west of Silverton (North on US Hwy 550) up the South Mineral Creek Road (FR 585) there are a number of high-quality ice climbs in the WI3-5 range. Nearly all of these climbs are north facing and can form early in the season. Similar to climbing in Eureka, the South Mineral Creek area is exposed to high avalanche danger. Be aware of the current avalanche conditions before climbing here.

Getting There 

From Silverton, take US Hwy 550 North towards Ouray. After about 2 miles, there will be a sign for the South Mineral Campground off to the left. This is FR 585. There is usually a plowed pullout here to park at. Ski or snowshoe along FR 585 passing below the climbs. FR 585 may be passable early in the season before the snow starts to really fall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in South Mineral Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Mineral Creek:
Snotty Nosed Brat   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 400'   
Sundance   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 190'   
Snowblind   WI4     Trad, Ice, 1000'   
Campground Couloir   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 1000'   
Direct North Face   WI4     Trad, Ice, 1500'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The route in November 2011.

Sundance WI4-5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South Mineral Creek
Sundance is the impressive waterfall line that forms on the right (north) side of the road. It is easy to see when driving/skiing down FR 585. Typically, it is done in one long pitch. This thing gets a good amount of sun. To descend, walk off to the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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