The small mountain town of Lake City, Colorado is one of the newest areas in the country to have
recently developed their own local ice park. Scenic, accessible and peaceful, you are likely to
have the place to yourself.
Located right in town, the Lake City Ice Park has around 15 routes with 60 to 100ft pitches with mixed grades WI 3 to 5. The ice routes are created by a series of pipes that run from the city water tanks to the park. The park is a hour drive from Crested Butte. A trip to Lake City will not only provide a day of rugged ice climbing, but a visit to the town itself is an experience to be had. With a year round population of under 1,000 people, the locals are extremely hardy folk with a wealth of backcountry and outdoor experience. This National Historic District is surrounded by national forest and incredible peaks; you’ll take a step back in time with a slow pace of living and leave with an enormous respect for the surrounding area.
For those already familiar with the basics of ice climbing, or those looking for a more adventurous and truly wilderness experience, the North San Juan Mountains backcountry surrounding Lake City offers many moderate and long multi-pitch ice climbs, such as the local gem “Sherman Falls” a 4-pitch WI5 line.