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BETA PHOTO: East face of Ptarmigan Tower 4. The NE Corner rou...


The 800-foot east faces of the Ptarmigan Towers, rising above Lake Nanita on the west side of the park, present an impressive Notchtop-like architecture. The long hike in, and the less-traveled routes, might provide a higher adventure level here than on the more popular east-side cliffs.

Getting There 

From Grand Lake (8,400') take the North Inlet Trail past Lake Nokoni to Lake Nanita (9.3 miles, 10,800'). The towers form the lake's scenic background. They are numbered 1 to 5, from right to left. Tower 3 is comparatively minor. Towers 2, 4 and 5 have the most substantial faces, with room for difficult routes.

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Tom Gries approaching Tundra Turkey Crack, Ptarmigan Tower 2.

Tundra Turkey Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ptarmigan Towers
This minor three-pitch climb makes a steep and enjoyable rest-day excursion, for parties camping at Lake Nanita.To the right of the low point of the 2-4 gully is a deep, grubby-looking chimney/gully. On the vertical wall to the right of this feature is a prominent 300-foot jam crack, which diagonals slightly leftwards until it intersects the broken rock of the Sunshine Ledges route about a third of the way up the left side of Tower 2. The base of this crack is gained by climbing up and right f...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Lower east face of Ptarmigan Tower 2.  Tundra Turkey Crack (5.8) is the clean left-slanting wide crack near the center.
BETA PHOTO: Lower east face of Ptarmigan Tower 2. Tundra Turk...
Beautifully camouflaged, Ptarmigan. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beautifully camouflaged, Ptarmigan.
Photo by Blitz...
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