Tyndall Gorge is comprised of the alpine rock routes on Hallett Peak, rock and alpine routes on the south face of Flattop Mountain (The Dragon's Tail), and Emerald Lake bouldering. Easy access from Bear Lake increases its popularity (let's play Dodge the Tourist!), not to mention some stellar routes. The area has something for everyone - easy alpine cruises, long trad routes, hard ice climbing, and boulders.
From the Bear Lake Trailhead, follow signs to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake. A 45 minute hike up the canyon on good trails gets you to the upper-most lake - Emerald Lake. The alpine routes and rock climbs on Flattop Mtn. are accesses by rock hopping around the north side of the lake. Hallet Peak is reached by traversing the slope above the south shore. Allow an hour to the base of Dragon's Tail Couloir (in the summer) and an hour and a half or more to the base of Hallett.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorge:
South East Face Couloir M1-2 Steep Snow PG13 Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1500 feet, Grade III Flattop Mountain - S side
Great Dihedral to Upper Buttress M4-5 Mixed, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade III Hallett Peak - mixed/ice
Steeplechase 5.5 M4 Easy Snow Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 3 pitches, 600 feet, Grade II Emerald Lake & vicinity
Southeast Face 5.6 WI2+ M1 Mod. Snow Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2 pitches, 900 feet, Grade III Flattop Mountain - S side
Enter The Dragon (aka Old Route) 5.7 M4 Steep Snow Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800 feet, Grade IV Flattop Mountain - S side
Featured Route For Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorge
Hallett Chimney, AI5 M5 M5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hallett Peak - mixed/ice
This route climbs the chimney between the First and Second Buttresses on the north side of Hallett Peak. The bottom part of the route is relatively easy and can be covered quickly by simulclimbing. However once you get to the middle this is where the fun starts. From here on up to the top their are several steep sections requiring snow, ice, and mixed climbing techniques. In general, the crux moves involved climbing past the large chockstones wedged between the chimney walls. There are a couple ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO