Southwest Colorado is a popular ice climbing destination and South Mineral along with Eureka are the best ice climbing places in the vicinity of the historic town of Silverton.
South Mineral Creek is a dirt off Highway 550 (= Million Dollar Highway) about 2 miles north of Silverton in the direction towards Red Mountain Pass and Ouray. The turn off is well signed. The road is open early during the ice climbing season - November, early December and it closes with the first big snow fall. Expect to either snow shoe, ski, or hike after the road closure. The South Mineral Road is also popular with cross country skiers. The road is relatively safe from an avalanche danger, but the ice climbs are not! Check out Northern San Juan Avalanche conditions prior venturing out there.
Most ice climbs are about 3 to 5 miles from Highway 550.
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