Although not the anchor of the Gores in height, Peak C rises impressively next to Powell and can be easily identified due to its distinct look and steep appearance. Being nestled deep in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, the approaches to Peak C are time consuming but yet rewarding.
From exit 176, off of I-70, in Vail, take the frontage road on the north side the highway for ~1 mile and make a right turn onto Red Sandstone Road. Once on Red Sandstone Road, follow the signs for Piney Lake which is at ~11 miles.
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Northwest Ridge 5.4 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500 feet, Grade II
Featured Route For Peak C
Follow the Powell Peak Trail to the basin below Peak C and Powell. Leave the trail at ~11,500 and head for the Peak C-Powell saddle. Before reaching the lower saddle, head south around a gendarme to the upper/southern Peak C-Powell saddle. The first roped pitch, 5.2, starts up a small gully on the left/east side of the ridge. The first pitch is also right of a deep gully blocked by a chockstones. Climb ~50-70 feet up 5.2 on somewhat questionable rock to a ledge.From the ledge, head right and...[more] Browse More Classics in CO