South Mineral Creek Ice Climbing

Just outside of Silverton above the South Mineral Creek Campground lie a series of drainages in north facing terrain that host a handful of beautiful ice climbs. The classic among these is the long and rambling Direct North Face; other standouts include the steppy but steep Snowblind, and the Campground Couloir.

The perfect season for climbing these lines is late fall, around Thanksgiving, when the ice forms but the seasonal snow is still thin so that we can access the drainage by car. Later in the season we must skin in and out (if the avalanche hazard is low) for a long day in the mountains.

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