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The Grenadiers 


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Description 

This magnificent sub-range of the San Juans runs roughly from west to east and contains some of the best mountaineering one could hope for. Electric Peak stands at the western end, while the Guardian guards the eastern end as well as its westerly neighbors, Silex and Storm King, which offer 1500 foot steep north faces. On the western end, the south face of Graystone has a most amazing overhanging concave alpine face.


Getting There 

My preference is to take the train in to Elk Park and do the leisurely hike to the Beaver Ponds, then do the grunt up to the basin between Vestal/Arrow or the Trinities the next day. Or if I'm just there for the splendid North Ridge of Arrow, stop at the lower meadows.


12 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grenadiers:
North Face of West Trinity Peak   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1100'   West Trinity Peak
Wham Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   Vestal Peak
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches   Arrow Peak
Center Shift on Wham Ridge    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   Vestal Peak
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Featured Route For The Grenadiers
Hiking across the face on the highest, grassy ledge.

Wham Ridge 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Vestal Peak
This route is the north face of Vestal. Walk up the low angle bottom part until you get to a large, grassy ledge that diagonals up and right. This is where I roped up, but there is a large ledge with boulders sitting on it 2.5 pitches up that is visible from here that would also provide a good spot to rope up. There are many possible routes, this is the one that I took. The first 3 or 4 pitches are very easy. Head up toward the blocks that are visible above that are to the right of a large ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels Range.
The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels...
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