Just one block south of historic downtown Lake City is the Lake City Ice Park, a favorite among ice
climbers who prefer small crowds, stellar routes, and a casual, fun atmosphere.
The Town of Lake City manages the ice park and the gorgeous blue ice fed by piped water that comes down via shower heads.
Located, with permission, on public, BLM lands, the Lake City Ice Park is FREE to the public and easily accessible. With hardly any lines… especially on the weekdays, this ice wall offers:
- 10 to 15 routes
- 60 to 100-foot pitches
- Bolted anchors. Be ready to extend anchors up to 25 meters.
- Mixed grades, WI 3 to 5
The Lake City Ice Park is open December to March, weather permitting, is family (and canine) friendly, and has a fire pit and warming hut.
Want to ice climb but don’t have the gear or the experience? Book a trip with Irwin Guides, an international, AMGA Accredited guiding company or join them for a Lake City Ice Park Workshop.
For an exciting ice climbing experience, check out the Annual Lake City Ice Climbing Festival, which takes place each February. Check out our calendar for details. Even during the festival, the ice park doesn’t feel crowded!
If the Ouray Ice Park is too crowded for you or a bit too far, consider checking out the Lake City Ice Park. Lake City is closer to the Front Range and with fewer crowds, you’ll get on the ice more! While 10 to 15 routes don’t seem like much, with directionals, climbs can be more varied.
For experienced climbers…
An alternative to the Ouray Ice Park…
If you’ve climbed the Lake City Ice Park and want to challenge yourself on some natural ice climbs, check out the following:
Sherman falls is a 4-pitch W15 line backcountry waterfall. From Highway 149 just south of Lake City, turn west onto CR 30 towards Lak San Cristobal. Continue about 12 miles and then take the left fork in the road. The Sherman townsite (ghost town) and waterfall will be less than a mile from here.
North Clear Creek Fall
This waterfall is a dramatic drop down from the meadow, just ½ miles from Highway 149 about halfway between Lake City and Creede. There’s a road, parking lot, and overlook. Please note, this is not plowed in the winter. Park on the highway and walk or ski into the waterfall.