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.
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.
Browse More Classics in West Side of the Canyon
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Side of the Canyon:
Stone Free WI5+ Ice, 1 pitch, 115 feet
Ice Palace WI5-6 Ice, 1 pitch, 115 feet
Soul On Ice WI5+ Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 115 feet
Final Curtain WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For West Side of the Canyon
Soul On Ice WI5+ CO : 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 CO