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This is the area above Summit Lake which consits of a number of different snow couloirs. The climbing is mostly moderate snow routes and excellent ski descents. Generally you will not need crampons for these routes, but an ice axe is recommended. It is also possible to reach these couliors from the summit for good skiing. Most years the snow will be gone by mid June. The couloirs face mostly North, and it is difficult to see weather coming in.
From Summit Lake hike South and slightly West towards the obvious snow fields. Pick a line and follow it to the summit. Most routes end with some moderate rock climbing towards the top of the ridge. If going skiing drive to the summit and hike the ridge West until you reach a resonable looking place to drop in.
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This moderate snow route is generally in shape when the road opens in the Spring and most years is climbable (on snow) through June. Park at Summit Lake and head up hill towards the summit. Climb the large obvious bowl (see photo in rock section) and look for a coulior that stretches furthest uphill to the summit ridge. Follow the bowl until it steepens then climb the narrow snow couior until the snow ends and follow 3rd/4th class rock to the ridge. There is sometimes a fixed anchor in the rock ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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