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Grasshopper Valley 


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Description 

A deep glacially carved valley near the toe of the Grasshopper Glacier. The steep rock and slabs on either side of the valley offer couloirs, walk ups, and technical rock routes all of an alpine nature. This area is not heavily visited but provides access to the continental divide and peaks such as Bear's Tooth, Yukon, Flagstone, Bastion, and the Orange Wall. It is locate above treeline and with an east/west orientation it receives sun all day. Rock quality varies considerably.


Getting There 

The crux. A long approach. From Trail Lake Trailhead (the same trailhead used to approach Gannett Peak from the east side) hike the Glacier Trail up and over Burro Flat, past Double, Star, Phillips, and many other lakes, down the Honeymoon switchbacks, finally gaining the shores of the Downs Fork River. Follow the Glacier Trail to the junction of the Downs Fork Trail and Glacier Trail at a sturdily constructed bridge across the Downs Fork. Take the Downs Fork Trail west on the north bank of the Downs Fork until it peters out or leaves the main valley. At this point follow the Grasshopper Fork of the Downs Creek (the main drainage)up river until below Bear's Tooth. This is where the Grasshopper Valley begins. This is probably anywhere from 20-25 miles, with the last several being on rough game and climber's trails.


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This photo shows the Orange Wall and the relative location of the route.  The dotted path shows the approach on which you are likely to encounter 3rd or 4th class terrain.

Orange Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  WY : Wind River Range : ... : The Orange Wall
A long, alpine route. Lots of loose rocks and flakes in the chimney systems. Good climbing otherwise. Appears to usually be wet in some spots, but was dry in the summer (July) of '06. OK to decent belay ledges. Lots of potential variations in neat looking dihedrals on the upper portion. On many pitches we climbed till we were out of rope (60m).P1 Crux. Route starts on left side of alcove/large roof, on a high ledge system at base of wall. Climb crack on left side through awkward 5.7+ move ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Climbing on the east slope of Yukon Peak which lies at the head of the Grasshopper Valley.  Summer '06  That is the Grasshopper Glacier in the background snaking its way up toward Bastion, Flagstone and Pedestal (none of which are visible)
BETA PHOTO: Climbing on the east slope of Yukon Peak which lie...
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