Winona Ice Park

The Winona Ice Park is a manmade ice climbing park set high above the Mississippi with wonderful views of the city of Winona below. Using the stone walls of an old quarry and hundreds of feet of hose, which slowly shower water down the cliff, the Winona Ice Park is one of just a few of its kind in the nation.

The Winona Ice Park is a premier ice climbing destination due to its location within the city of Winona, trail accessibility, and the quality of ice. This free attraction is not only for climbers, though, many hikers and snowshoers have been enjoying the trail up to the park and watching the climbers in action.

Current Conditions

The Winona Ice Park is closed for climbing until the winter '20/'21 season.

Getting to the Winona Ice Park

  • Parking is located at the Sugar Loaf Trailhead on East Lake Boulevard by Edina Realty. Please park along the road.
  • Access the park by hiking the Sugar Loaf Trail to the saddle of the bluffs. The trail will come to a fork, take the trail to the right (look for signs).
  • The hike to the Winona Ice Park is approximately 20 minutes.
  • To access the top of the routes, there is an approach trail at climber's left.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sugar Loaf Trailhead is the only access point. Please do not try to park at the top of the bluff and bushwhack your way in.
  • Check the City website and/or Facebook to be sure the Ice Park is open. We will periodically close for maintenance or to farm more ice. For your safety, do not enter the park if it is closed as we could be clearing loose ice or debris.
  • We install fixed anchors for your convenience and to save our trees.
  • Please do not build anchors over the trail.

Ice Park Rules

  • Crampons and helmets are required for all persons climbing
  • Helmets are required for all people within the climbing area
  • It is suggested that all children are accompanied by an adult
  • No unattended fixed ropes allowed
  • Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow climbers
  • Please do not cause unnecessary impact to the climbing area
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles while on public land - pick up trash, do not damage the rock, etc.

Outfitters

The City does not offer guiding or equipment for the Ice Park, however, there are local outfitters that may fulfill your needs.

Adjacent Lands

A big thank you to the adjacent landowners and volunteers who support this project and make it possible. This resource is a privilege, let’s all work together to ensure access continues for years to come. Please be respectful of other visitors, adjacent private property, and the environment.

We look forward to seeing you at the park or in town enjoying a post climb appetizer at one of our local establishments - stay safe and have fun!

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