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Chaos Creek 
Hallett South Side 

Chaos Canyon  

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Elevation: 9,600'
Location: 40.30337, -105.66016 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Oct 24, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: Mid May in Chaos Canyon.


This is an organizational entry for RMNP mixed/ice to help clarify the database and potentially entice those with more knowledge to submit more info on routes upstream from Chaos Creek. At times, there is clearly a long line that forms at the high end of the canyon above Lake Haiyaha. I've heard rumors of ice above Lake Haiyaha. Clearly, some determination will be required to travel above Chaos Creek.

Just for clarity, this is the canyon/drainage to the south of Hallett Peak.

Getting There 

From the eastern side of RMNP, drive Bear Lake Rd to its end. For Chaos Creek hike to Nymph Lake with some bushwhacking. There is a side approach from the trail between Nymph Lake & Dream Lake which may require crossing some fairly-steep, snow-loaded slopes. There is a summer trail that goes left from Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha, but it may not get packed down much in the colder months.

Climbing Season

For the Bear Lake Trailheads area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chaos Canyon:
Chaos Couloir   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 7 pitches   Hallett South Side
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Nancy Bell stops to look at Chaos Couloir on her w...

Chaos Couloir Mod. Snow  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hallett South Side
Chaos Couloir is the beautiful snow gully that curves from Chaos Canyon up Hallett's east ridge. Perhaps it already has a different name, but I only know a few people who've been up there and have never heard it refered to by a name. It's a moderate snow climb much like Dragon's Tail, but not as steep at the top, and a good ski descent....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Nancy Bell on the approach to Chaos Couloir.
Nancy Bell on the approach to Chaos Couloir.

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