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Clear Creek Canyon Ice Climbing

With it's proximity to Denver this bustling canyon houses several quality ice climbs in the Front Range to meet the needs of climbers of all skill levels. The shade that makes this a great climbing area in the summer also helps the ice form once things cool down. While the low elevation can make it less reliable in dry years it generally forms around December and melts out in early March. 

Since several climbs form this can be a great location to learn to ice climb or focus on some multipitch ice climbing skills or just enjoy the variety of different climbs in the nooks and crannies of this well travelled canyon. Thanks to the lower elevation and minimal snow there is unlikely to be avalanche concerns making for a low key location for both beginners and more advanced ice climbers.

Clear Creek Ice Climbing Information


Ice Climbing in Clear Creek Canyon is available once things freeze, usually in the early winter around late December and usually thaw in the early spring near the beginning of March. Although there are several climbs in the canyon we cannot guarantee their availability so be prepared for alternate locations

Guided Ice Climbing Trip Rates

1 Guide Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Guest $329 $389 $449
2 Guests $269 $329 $389
3 Guests $219 $269 $329
4 Guests $169 $219 $269
2 guides to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Guests $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March for best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Clear Creek and North Table are located in the central Front Range near Golden. Denver International Airport is the most commonly used airport and is about an hour away.

Typical Meeting Location:

Clear Creek is well known as a sport climbing area but in the winter there are several great climbs that form here.

Climb Name Climb Description
Mickey's Big Mouth (WI3, 2 pitches) With the first pitch frequently toproped this is an enjoyable climb with easy access and several variations making for a great beginner outing. An additional pitch lies above the first with a short walk for those with a bit more experience wanting some more climbing.
Coors Lite(WI3, 3 pitches) With a nod to the well known brewery just down the road that owes it's existence to the water from Clear Creek this climb has three pitches separated by short walks. With the first pitch a full pitch of tiered shelves leads eventually to the shorter but more vertical second pitch and finally the last pitch which is lower angle and a good place to learn to lead.
Secret Falls (WI3, 1 pitch) While it's a bit of a hike you get to leave behind the highway sounds for a more natural experience. Although it's only one pitch it's best done with a 70M rope making it quite a long climb with a decently wide flow for a couple different climbing options. It's also the most reliable climb in the canyon.

Trips Include

-Group climbing equipment (ropes, carabiners, etc).

-Individual climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, and belay devices).

-Guide with AMGA Training and Certification for climbing and instruction.

Trip Excludes

-Transportation to climbing sites or any sort of lodging.

-Guide gratuities.

-Personal clothing and footwear.

-Personal snacks and water.

-Trip Insurance

-Other costs not associated with services provided by The Colorado Climbing Company.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you need to cancel your course or trip outside of 30 days you will receive a full refund less service charges to cover our costs incurred. For trips less than $500 this service charge is $50 and for those more than $500 this service charge is $100 or 10% of the trip cost, whichever is greater. If you must cancel within 30 days of the course or trip a refund of 50% will be given. All balances are due in full before the start of any course or trip and no refunds will be given beyond the course or trip date. In the case of unsafe conditions, weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will do our best to reschedule or issue a credit for a future trip. If this isn't possible you will receive a refund less the previously outlined service charges.